The exhibition presented by the Reina Sofía Museum focuses on a series of works from its own collection, the majority of which have been recently acquired, offering us an overview of artistic languages and practices between the end of the 20th century and the year 2017.
Visitors can enjoy works by national and international artists based around different themes: The effects of globalisation and new geopolitical configurations, through the work of Zoe Leonard and Allan Sekula; revisions of the languages of modernity and their links with colonial processes, through the proposals of Leonor Antunes, Ines Doujak and Adrià Julià, who appropriate historical images and narratives to offer a critical reading thereof; the crisis of the Nation State and strategies for the theatrical staging of history are approached in the exhibition in the form of 'political fictions' by artists such as Ibon Aranberri and Peter Friedl; the transformation of the industrial outskirts of Barcelona and the gentrification of cities such as Madrid are present in the projects of María Ruido, Patrick Faigenbaum and Manolo Laguillo, among others.
To accompany the exhibition there will be a publication containing specific essays and texts that have been key in terms of gaining a better and more in-depth understanding of this moment in history.
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Maça de Darwin, macaco de Newton, 2012
Asier Mendizabal, La Ruota Dentata, 2009
Patricia Esquivias, Folklore #2, 2008
Jorge Ribalta, Imperio (or K.D.), 2013-2014 (detail from act 3, scene 1)
Dora García: Men I Love / The Great Gatsby read by Andy Kaufman, 2009 (detail)