Seminar. The New Abduction of Europe: Debt, War, Democratic Revolutions

Rembrandt. The Rape of Europe. 1632. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program, The Paul Getty Museum

Rembrandt. The Rape of Europe. 1632. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program, The Paul Getty Museum

Considered within the framework of the project “The Uses of Art”, and promoted by the European museum network L´Internationale, this meeting reflects on the formation of new cultural and political agents from the overabundance of institutional structures that had previously articulated the European project. The activity, organised into workshops and round-table discussions, approaches a renewed pact between institutions and civil society.

The New Abduction of Europe calls on the emergence of new actors materialising from collective intelligence and the transformation of the museum and the cultural institutions involved. The activity is set up with two tables of debate comprised of distinguished European thinkers and is streamed live to the public. Both feature active moderation and direct dialogue with those attending, both in person and via social networks, with both tables striving to examine the most relevant issues concerning present-day Europe.

The seminar’s participants include: Valery Alzaga, Zdenka Badovinac, Manuel Borja-Villel, Jesús Carrillo, Ada Colau, Montserrat Galcerán, Marina Garcés, Yaiza Hernández, Isabell Lorey, Bartomeu Marí, Sandro Mezzadra, Carmen Mörsch, Antonio Negri, Bojana Piškur, Francesco Salvini, Ranabir Samaddar, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo and Hilary Wainwright.

Date: 27 February - 1 March 2014 
Programme: Check website
Location: Edificio Nouvel, Auditorio 400
Time: Check website
Admission: Free until capacity is reached
Organised by: L'Internationale, the European Museum Network, and the Fundación de los Comunes, within the framework of the project "The Uses of Art"


The reopening of halls from Collection 3. From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982), with new artists and works

Gallery view of Collection 3. Works by Suzanne Lafont and Dan Graham

Gallery view of Collection 3. Works by Suzanne Lafont and Dan Graham

The second part of the section from Collection 3: From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982) is reopened to the public on Floor 0 of the Edificio Nouvel. This new installation gets under way with a panoramic view of international conceptual art and institutional critique, with works by Haacke, Broodthaers and Buren, among other artists, completing the project Pier 18, and concludes with the most political version of their Latin American counterparts, via artists such as Juan Carlos Romero, the grupo CADA and Cildo Meireles.

The reconsideration of the circumstances surrounding art on a state level in the years falling between the dictatorship and the beginning of democracy in Spain includes examples of conceptual art – by artists such as Concha Jerez, the Grup de Treball and Alberto Corazón – the grupo de Trama, painting from Madrid as well as Pedro Almodóvar and la movida (Madrid’s cultural movement).

New aspects of Collection 3 to stand out include a room on “the other objectivity”, with new contributions by Craigie Horsfield, Jean Marc Bustamante, Suzanne Lafont and John Coplans from the collection of Sandra Álvarez de Toledo, who has also donated a key work by Horsfield: Estery, Krakôv, February, 1979 .

Date: From February 2014 onwards
Lugar: Edificio Nouvel, Floor 0
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía


Live Arts. Workshop and Choreography by Cláudia Dias

Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro

Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro

The Portuguese choreographer Cláudia Dias (Lisbon, 1972) will perform her latest work Vontade de Ter Vontade in the Museo in March as well as holding the workshop Composition in Real Time.

The performance of Vontade de Ter Vontade, to take place on 6 March, is based on the individual, collective, personal and historical dimensions that coexist in the same space. The piece, which draws inspiration from the writers and thinkers Tony Judt and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, sketches a panoramic view of modern-day Europe as it accentuates the relationship between north and south, between the coloniser and colonised and between the centre and the periphery.

In parallel, from 3 to 7 March Cláudia Dias will conduct the workshop Composition in Real Time. The technique, created by the Portuguese artist João Fiadeiro, was devised within the context of contemporary dance and opens up an experimental space in which other forms of interpretation can be practiced and are able to think about and act on the present from an aesthetic perspective.

Vontade de Ter Vontade

Date: 6 March 2014
Location: Nouvel Building. Auditorium 400
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Tickets to be collected at the Museo’s ticket office beforehand, from 3 March until thirty minutes before the activity.
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía

The Composition in Real Time Workshop

Date: 3 - 7 March, 2014
Place: Nouvel Building, Protocolo Room
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free, with prior registration. Check details on the website
Organised by: Master’s in Arts Practice and Visual Culture (Artea) and Museo Reina Sofia


Cinema and Video. After the Shipwreck. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki (1983-1996)

Aki Kaurismäki. The Match Factory Girl. Film, 1990

Aki Kaurismäki. The Match Factory Girl. Film, 1990

This audiovisual season dedicated to the early work of one of the most distinguished and relevant film-makers around today continues. A creator of socially conscious cinema with working-class marginalised subjects, as shown in his Workers’ or Losers’ Trilogy (made up of Shadows in Paradise , Ariel and The Match Factory Girl), Kaurismaki makes films about reality that are on the edge of realism. Hence the stories of isolation and abandonment that occur alongside quotes and fragments of modern cinema (Ozu, Bresson and Carné, among others), whilst also offering a space of resistance and dignity in failure itself. Farce, extravagance, the grotesque or a connection with music show a film-maker that is inseparable from artistic practices in the 1980s.

Date: 21 February – 22 March 2014
Programme: Check website
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Tickets can be collected from the Museo’s Sabatini ticket office two days before each session. Capacity: 140 seats.
Curator: Loic Díaz-Ronda
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía


Recent Publications

Wols: Cosmos and Street

This catalogue plays a part in rescuing the figure of Wols from a certain aura of doom associated with his work as a post-war painter and the origins of Informalism, placing him in a new context that, for the first time, enables a more in-depth exploration of the historical roots of his artistic output. The publication includes writings by Jean Tardieu, Guy Brett, Ignacio Gómez de Liaño, Hélio Oiticica, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jan Thorn-Prikker and a selection of aphorisms by Wols himself.

Elly Strik. Ghosts, Brides and Other Companions

Elly Strik strikes up dialogue with works by painters such as Francis Bacon, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon and Francisco de Goya, delving into complex aspects linked to the representation of identity and human faces. The publication includes an array of poems by Ben Okri and a selection of writings on the artist’s work.

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