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Madrid’s Reina Sofia settles historical debt with art during Franco regime

Madrid, Jul 27 (EFE).- Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum unveils on Tuesday an exhibition displaying works of arts from 1939 to the 50s through the eyes of a broad range of artists

including Dalí, Gutiérrez Solana and Miró.

The exhibition, which will be on display until mid September, represents Spain’s period of exile after the civil war with over 300 artworks by some 100 artists who lived through this turbulent era.

The aim of the exhibition is to show how the artists experienced the civil war and exile period, which is reflected in their art pieces, and to recover and create a heritage of this chapter in history.

“The period of exile covers a historical debt, which is to collect what these exceptional artists were doing(…) despite the brutality and intolerance of the (Franco) regime,” Reina Sofia director, Manuel Borja-Villel, said.

The exhibition is spread across 16 rooms of the Sabatini building, which guide visitors through post-war Spain in chronological order.

The tour starts with the beginning of the Franco regime through film, photography and paintings and ends with a photography series by American photographer Helen Lewitt, who collaborated with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel in documentaries that advocated for the liberation of Spain.

The exhibition also displays the “frivolous avant-garde in the postwar period” with the first artistic expressions of modernism during the regime, with figures like Salvador Dalí, Luis Castellanos or Ángel Ferrant. EFE


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