Exposiciones / Encounters with the 1930s

03 October, 2012 - 07 January, 2013
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Curated:
Manuel Borja-Villel, Jordana Mendelson, Rosario Peiró

This exhibition focused on artistic production in Spain in the thirties, a turbulent period in which art and power joined forces and clashed in a climate of major political and social confrontation. Addressing the notion of encounters from a thematic standpoint, the exhibition analysed how artistic creation was influenced by symbolic and geographical displacements made by the artists of the time, either voluntarily or by force. It set out to show how these displacements led to a rethinking of the aesthetic postulates inherited from the avant-garde, as well as to discursive and narrative strategies that have endured to the present day. At the same time, the exhibition put forward a critical reflection on the use that these artists made of the mass media, whilst exploring the tensions and relationships they maintained with the political, cultural and institutional contexts in which they worked.

Featured artists include Alberto (Alberto Sánchez Pérez), Jean Arp, Aurelio Arteta, Willi Baumeister, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Alexander Calder, M.A. Cassanyes, Pere Català Pic, Salvador Dalí, Óscar Domínguez, Andreas Feininger, Ángel Ferrant, George Grosz (Georg Ehrenfried), John Heartfield , Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), Roberto Matta Echaurren, Joan Miró, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso (Pablo Ruiz Picasso), Ramón Puyol, Josep Renau, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Kurt Schwitters, Ramón J. Sender, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Yves Tanguy, Josep de Togores, Joaquín Torres García, and Eduardo Westerdahl.

 

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