Archivo Lafuente’s collections constitute a system of multiple constellations that are closely interrelated. In their totality, because of both their specificity and the connections that link them, these collections offer a plural and dynamic vision of 20th century art that, in various respects, defies traditional chronological and geographical classifications.
With the aim of providing a manageable outline of this complex system, the contents of the Archive have been structured in two large temporal blocks. The first of these blocks begins at the turn of the 20th century and ends around 1945, the end of World War II, while the second extends to 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell.
In addition to this chronological axis, the collections have been arranged in the four major geographical areas in which the Archive has specialized: Europe and the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Cantabria. In the case of Spain, however, the quantity and richness of the materials documenting the evolution of artistic practices in the second half of the 20th century is such that it could be said to constitute an «archive within the Archive», so to speak. For this reason, the great majority of the headings corresponding to this section are arranged according to four themes: experimental writing, conceptual art in Spain, graphic design, and the transition to democracy and counterculture.