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Flamenco finds place among Queen Sofía Museum’s avant-garde

Madrid, Sep 14 (EFE).- The new permanent collection at Madrid’s Queen Sofia Museum traces the origins of the artistic avant-gardes focusing on the city and a hall dedicated to flamenco.

The museum director Manuel Borja-Villel on Tuesday inaugurated a dozen new halls containing new pieces of the permanent collection that tracks down the birth of avant-gardes between late in the 19th century and the 1930s.

The center is immersed in a transformation process that will change its collection drastically. The new tour will be completed by late November.

The link between the avant-gardes and popular art is exhibited throughout the tour, especially in the flamenco section.

“Cante jondo (a flamenco vocal style) is the enigma, something that can only be expressed through the voice,” Borja-Villel said.

 “Flamenco allows artists to reconnect with people, but not through illustrated art, but through the body movement,” he added.

The museum showcases the impact the flamenco had in the production of such Miró and Robert Delaunay among others.

It also features a typical local costume and a part of the enormous set that the painter and sculptor Alberto Sánchez made for The Pilgrimage of the Cuckolds by Lorca (1933). EFE


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