Interview to Kaurismäki on his film series "After the Shipwreck. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki (1983-1996)"
With the title After the Shipwreck. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki (1983-1996), The Museo Reina Sofia proposed in 2014 the first retrospective of the Finnish filmmaker in a museum of modern art. This interview, written as a conversation, reveals some of the keys to his films: the existential desolation mixed with parody and black humour, gritty realism revised by quotes and fable, an ethic but nihilistic gaze to society and above all, unwavering belief in cinema as a space of freedom.
Wols: Cosmos and Street, interview with Guy Brett
Guy Brett, the curator of the show Wols: Cosmos and Street, talks about this new approach to the work of the German artist, not only about his drawings and paintings, but also about his lesser known photographs.
Idea: Painting-Force. The Hinge Between the 1970s and 1980s
Interview with Armando Montesinos
Armando Montesinos, curator of the exhibition, explains in this interview the keys of Idea: Painting-Force. The works of Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Ángel Campano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Juan Navarro Baldeweg and Manolo Quejido, dating from 1978 to 1984, comprise the proposal put forward in the exhibition in Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro. They carried out this activity at the height of the crisis affecting the modern movement and the idea of the avant-garde. Plus, they were working in Spain, in a setting that, on the hinge between the 70s and the 80s, was experiencing some newly-arrived democratic liberties and whose artistic scene had derived from the dominant acritical formalism to the emergence of the market and the aesthetics of success.
About ± I96I Founding the Expanded Arts
Performances by Simone Forti
On June 19th, to mark the opening of the exhibition ± I96I Founding the Expanded Arts, the following performances were put on, with contribution from Simoni Forti: Huddle, Platforms, Slant Board, Accompaniment For Sound and Censor; all of them dating from 1961.
± I96I presents the first detailed analysis of the decisive year in the 1960s that led to the invention of the “expansion of the arts”. The exhibition looks at the origins of the change, the experimental activity and the earliest collective actions that pointed to the beginning of an unprecedented expansion of the notion of “composition” and soon generated a multidisciplinary project that took place in real time/simultaneously over the course of that year.
Interview with Julia Robinson and Christian Xatrec about ± I96I. Founding the Expanded Arts
The curators of this exhibition, Julia Robinson and Christian Xatrec, explain in this video some of the keys to understand why 1961 was a decisive year that led to the invention of the “expansion of the arts”. The exhibition looks at the origins of the change, the experimental activity and the earliest collective actions that pointed to the beginning of an unprecedented expansion of the notion of “composition” and soon generated a multidisciplinary project that took place in real time/simultaneously over the course of that year.
Interview with Andreas Huyssen
Structured around various core ideas, this interview with the author of the book Modernismo después de la postmodernidad (2011) shows the dilemmas arising between a revision of the melancholic and contemplative past, returned in the form of the architectural memorial, and a critical reading from the museum, in which history and memory are confronted. Huyssen discusses the foundations of a new modernism, which has future prospects and projects but lacks a geographical centre and power hierarchies.
ATLAS. Interview with Georges Didi-Huberman
In this interview, Georges Didi-Huberman, the curator of the exhibition ATLAS. How to carry the world on one's back? contemplates the model of the atlas as a mechanism by which to reshape the sensory order of the world and the relationships that are established in the creation of knowledge. Taking the work of Aby Warburg as a point of departure, artistic production is contemplated as a montage, in which things, places and time can be reconfigured.
Nuevos Realismos. Presentación de Julia Robinson
Nuevos Realismos: 1957-1962. Estrategias del objeto entre readymade y espectáculo (Museo Reina Sofía, 16 de junio al 4 de octubre) es una exposición sobre un momento cronológico concreto que, pese a su aparente dispersión, concentra diferentes puntos de inflexión y cambios de paradigma, desde el final de la pintura hasta la relación entre ready-made y mercado de consumo. Julia Robinson, historiadora del arte y comisaria de la exposición, presenta las diferentes posiciones y planteamientos que incluye la exposición. Artistas representados: Marcel Duchamp, Öyvind Fahlström, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein, Raymond Hains, Piero Manzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Mimmo Rotella, Jacques de la Villeglé, Robert Whitman, Christo, François Dufrêne, Roy Lichtenstein, Giuseppe Pinot Gallizio, Jean Tinguely, Robert Watts, George Brecht, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Daniel Spoerri, Martial Raysse, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts, César, Gerard Deschamps, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Breer, Ben Vautier, Jean-Pierre Mirouze, D.A. Pennebaker, Billy Kluver y Ed van der Elsken.
Juan Gris. Reconfiguring the modern gaze
The work of Juan Gris (1887-1927) has often been considered secondary and derivative; this video is a response to such affirmations. Through a visit to the room dedicated to him at Museo Reina Sofía, the work of this painter is re-evaluated, showing it to be the real source of the notions of analytic and synthetic cubism, based on a conception of painting as a poetic analogy of the world.