Theatre and performative practices in contemporary art museums

January 12- March 30, 2012 - 7:30 PM
Jérôme Bel. Cedric Andrieux. Performance, 2009
Jérôme Bel. Cedric Andrieux. Performance, 2009
Organized by
Museo Reina Sofía with the support of Fundación Banco Santander
In collaboration with
The academic programs Master in Performing Arts Practices and Visual Culture and Master in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture
Escena Contemporánea and ARCO 2012

Reactivate/reinterpret brings together a varied group of specialists from different fields (art history, dance, drama, performance, curatorship) with the idea of analysing the place of performative practices within the realm of contemporary art museums.

Several world-class museums have in recent years locate performative approaches and practices at the centre of their institutional logic, their programming and even their spatial organization. This series looks at what this paradigm shift means and how such practices should be situated in the new context, without taking away from their critical potential. The proposal is to study whether the repetition of these radical and intangible actions and gestures represent a turn towards the post-modern museum (i.e., one focused on the production of events as spectacles), or towards a late-modern museum (i.e., one aware that the narrations of art history surpass the exhibition format). What comes into play here is the dilemma between re-enactment, es el término habitual en teoría del arte (reproducing literally and, therefore, professionalizing) or reinterpreting (transforming the original piece into a document that can be adapted to other situations or activated by collective or individual agency).

The series is comprised of various public lectures, workshops with the students of the Study Centre and two art interventions, by Jerôme Bel and Falke Pisano.




Kaira Cabañas
Repetir la performance: invisibilidad e indeterminación
[Repeat Performance: Invisibility and Indeterminacy]

Lecture, January 12 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Isabel García
Invertir el cuerpo individual en otro colectivo
[Reversing the invidual body into a colletive one]
Lecture, January 19 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Jérôme Bel
Cedric Andrieux
Performance, February 9 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400

Iñaki Estella
Repetición no-originaria, anonimato y la utilidad del artista: Fluxus en contexto
[Non-originating repetition, anonymity and the utility of the artist: Fluxus in context]

Lecture, February 16 - Sabatini Building, Auditorium

Falke Pisano
El cuerpo en crisis (albergar, tratar, representar)
[The body in crises (housing, treating, depicting)]

Performance, February 17 - Nouvel Building, Protocol Room

Guillaume Désanges (con Hélène Guenin)
Una historia de la performance en veinte minutos
[A history of performance art in twenty minutes]

Lecture-performance, February 23 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Ramsay Burt
Políticas de la historia y de la memoria colectiva en la danza contemporánea
[The politics of history and collective memory in contemporary dance]

Lecture, March 1 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Isabel de Naverán
Hacer Historia
[Making History]

Lecture, March 15 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Sabine Folie
Reactivar la memoria
[Reactivating memory]

Lecture, March 22 - Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Myriam Van Imschoot
Ondear, llorar, ventana
[Waving, Crying, Window]

Lecture-performance, March 30 - Sabatini Building, Auditorium