International Museum Day 2016

May 18, 2016
Sabatini Building façade, Museo Reina Sofía
Sabatini Building façade, Museo Reina Sofía
Modo de inscripción

Niño de Elche concert: sold out
Guided tour - Visto y no visto: prior registration required at
Tour around the Museo’s Central Archive: prior registration required at
Guided tour around the exhibition C.A.D.A. and BookJockey session: prior registration required at

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Museo Reina Sofía
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On 18 May the Museo Reina Sofía will host a special programme to celebrate International Museum Day, held worldwide since 1977. The idea is to share a day of celebrations with visitors, who will be able to gain a better understanding of the lesser-known spaces and sides of the institution and feel part of its programme, exhibitions and working process.

In 2016 the radio station Radio 3 will join in with the festivities, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. the Radio 3 schedule will be broadcast from the Nouvel Patio, where it will welcome a wide array of special guests from the music and art scenes. Dance, music and a number of guided tours around exhibitions, departments and areas in the Museo will form the day’s programme. 


Nouvel Patio
Actividad pasada May 18, 2016 - 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Museo Reina Sofía and Radio 3 join up to celebrate International Museum Day

This day will see the radio station Radio 3 broadcast its programmes via a set that will be put together specifically for the occasion in the Museo’s Nouvel Patio. Radio 3’s customary schedule will be joined by acoustic performances from artists such as Manel, Izal, Hinds, Kiko Veneno, Óscar Mulero, Amaral...

Niño de Elche, beGun, Fuel Fandango, Anaut, Muchachito, Amatria, Carmen Boza, Jorge Drexler, Alex Cooper, Corizonas, Los Nastys, Jayme Marques, Paloma del Sol, Novedades Carminha, Coque Malla, Los Mambo Jambo, Neuman, Anni B. Sweet, Modelo de Respuesta Polar, Ariadna Castellanos con Ed is Dead, Menil, Miss Caffeina, Lichis, Maika Makovski, Verónica Ferreiro, El Twangero, Papaya, and other pop-music figures. The final hours of the day will be uplifted by DJs and dance music, and part of the programmes will be streamed and can be followed on the Radio 3 website.   



Nouvel Patio

hasta completar aforo
Exhibition view. Rémy Zaugg. The Question of Perception, 2016
Actividad pasada May 18, 2016
Guided tours around the Collection and exhibitions

Guided tours with volunteers around Collection 1

Time: 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Meeting point: the connection between the Sabatini and Nouvel Buildings, Floor 1
Capacity: 20 people

This tour offers a brief introduction to the key points that articulate the Museo’s Collection 1, which begins at the end of the 19th century and focuses on the tensions that shape modernity and historical avant-garde movements through works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró.

Apropos of… Campo Cerrado

Time: 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Meeting point: the connection between the Sabatini and Nouvel Buildings, Floor 1
Capacity: 20 people

The exhibition Campo Cerrado. Spanish Art 1939–1953 explores the cultural and artistic landscape of the early years under the Franco regime. In the face of the traditional historiographical obscurantism which reinforced clichés like the scarcity and irrelevance of cultural activity in the 1940s, this exhibition touches on the relationship between art and power at that time and on the ways of adapting or resisting that were adopted by artists. The exhibition includes works by Max Aub, Robert Capa, Eduardo Chillida, Salvador Dalí, Josep Guinovart, Maruja Mallo, Manuel Millares, Julia Minguillón, Joan Miró, Edgar Neville, Antoni Tàpies, Josefa Tolrá, Remedios Varo and Ignacio Zuloaga, among others.

Apropos of… Wifredo Lam 

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Meeting point: the connection between the Sabatini and Nouvel Buildings, Floor 1
Capacity: 20 people

The guided tour around the retrospective exhibition on Wifredo Lam presents a broad set of pictorial works, drawings, prints and ceramics by the Cuban artist, as well as numerous documents: letters, photographs, magazines and books that accompany and contextualise the show’s chronological narrative.

Apropos of… Rémy Zaugg 

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting point: Retiro Park, Palacio de Velázquez Entrance
Capacity: 20 people

A guided tour around the first monographic exhibition on Rémy Zaugg in Spain. Zaugg was one of the most prolific and versatile Swiss artists in the second half of the 20th century, and his interests were not confined to painting, despite this being his foremost discipline. He also worked and explored urbanism, curated exhibitions and wrote as a way of exploring the key elements in the creative process.

Seen and Unseen

Time: 18:30 h
Meeting point: the connection between the Sabatini and Nouvel Buildings, Floor 1
Attendance: via prior registration at

In this visit, geared towards the general public, a visually impaired person and an educator specialised in accessibility put forward multisensorial strategies for approaching art. By virtue of this initiative, the Museo gives value to the ways that the visually impaired perceive and approach art, and it invites visitors to an innovative experience of sensorial alteration and “denormalization” when contemplating artworks.


Time: 7:30 p.m.
Meeting point: the connection between the Sabatini and Nouvel Buildings, Floor 1
Capacity: 20 people

The Feminism tour covers the spaces inside the Museo’s Collection, those devoted to historical avant-garde movements that question the role and visibility of women throughout the history of art through an analysis of female figures as producers, recipients and subjects-objects of artistic production. This tour aims to evoke a new perspective for visitors that critically considers images of male domination and acknowledges women’s work in overcoming these roles and models.

Museo’s Central Archive
Actividad pasada May 18, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Tour around the Museo’s Central Archive

Meeting point: Nouvel Building, Library Access
Admission: via prior registration at, indicating your name and surname(s), and ID number
Capacity: 15 people
Duration: 1:30 h

The documentary collection housed by the Museo’s Central Archive opens a gateway into history, or, more specifically, into the institution’s holdings. The visit enters into dialogue with the archive and its role(s), making special reference to the history of the Museo Reina Sofía’s Central Archive: its itinerary, the documentation it conserves and the services it offers interested citizens.

To illustrate this presentation, a selection of special-interest documents including artists’ correspondence, reports on artwork restoration, documents related to the institution’s activity, and projects to expand the Museo building will be displayed, in addition to other materials.

Inversión de escena, 1979 (detail), C.A.D.A., Museo Reina Sofía © 2016 Archivo y obra C.A.D.A.
Actividad pasada May 18, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.
Guided tour around the exhibition Colectivo Acciones de Arte (C.A.D.A.), 1979-1985
With the show’s curator, Francisco Godoy Vega

The exhibition Colectivo Acciones de Arte (C.A.D.A.), 1979-1985 brings together a broad selection of materials from the Archive and work of C.A.D.A., which have been recently acquired by the Museo through dialogue with the material’s custodians, Lotty Rosenfeld and Diamela Eltit, and via research by Red de Conceptualismos del Sur.

Nouvel Building, Library and Documentation Center. Space D, Floor 0

14 people

Free ticket
Registration method: prior registration required at 
Conservation-Restoration Area
Actividad pasada May 18, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Tours around the Conservation-Restoration Area

Meeting point: calle Santa Isabel, 52 (office entrance), ten minutes before the start of the tour
Admission: full capacity
Capacity: 10 people
Duration: 40 minutes

The Museo’s Conservation-Restoration team offers two tours around the studio where they perform their work, which corresponds to a rigorous working methodology in line with the regulatory and professional criteria applied to the international museum world. As a result, the public can gain a first-hand understanding of the restoration processes currently being carried out. 

Restoration programme developed with the sponsorship of: Fundación Mapfre.