The Institute of Suspended Time

Exhibition at the Office of the Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido and Activations

30 June - 16 December 2023

Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection at the Nouvel Building’s Ticket Offices

Sabatini Building, Floor 3

From 30 June to 2 July 2023
From 15 to 17 September 2023
13 and 15 October 2023
From 24 to 26 November 2023
Friday: 5pm - 8pm
Saturday: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Sunday: 11am - 1:30pm

From 14 to 16 December 2023
Thursday: 5pm - 8pm
Friday: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Saturday: 11am - 2pm

Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía
Notes for a Time Apart
Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido, Aquel reloj de pared (That Wall Clock), 2019
Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido, Aquel reloj de pared (That Wall Clock), 2019

The Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido (Institute of Suspended Time, ITS) is a project by Javier Bassas (Barcelona, 1978) and Raquel Friera (Barcelona, 1974) which came into being as a fictitious (non)institution seeking to revise temporal regimes established in society.

Through the facilities of one of its sites and a series of periodic activations by the artists, ITS questions ubiquitous “chrono-normativity” and suggests alternatives to reappropriate time expropriated by capitalism, acceleration and hyperproductivity.

ITS encourages visitors to delve into their relationship with time through a journey around different areas of its office (as a consultancy, department of temporal justice or the department to de-accelerate neurones), as well as reading the Institute’s Statutes, “chrono crimes” and a broad bibliographic selection assembled for the occasion.


Javier Bassas is a philosopher, translator and editor. He holds a PhD in French Philology and Philosophy from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, and from the University of Barcelona, where he currently lectures in the Department of French Studies. His work focuses on the relationship between language, politics and aesthetics, and the translation of contemporary French thought.

Raquel Friera is an artist. With a degree in Economics and Fine Art, her projects combine a critical gaze of economy, gender awareness, historical re-readings and themes such as work and the production of subjectivities. In recent years, she has exhibited her work at different institutions such as CentroCentro (Madrid), MUSAC (León), Casal Solleric (Palma), Fundació Tàpies (Barcelona), Virreina (Barcelona) and MUAC (Mexico).