EXHIBITIONS / The Poetics of Democracy. Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition

05 December, 2018 - 05 July, 2020
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
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Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía has organised, together with the Cortes Generales and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the exhibition "The Poetics of Democracy. Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition".

The show, comprised mostly of works from the collection of the Museo Reina Sofía complemented by important loans from public and private collections, addresses two little-explored events forming part of recent Spanish art history: the 1976 Venice Biennale and the emergence of Spain’s urban sub-culture in the mid-seventies.

The second part of the exhibition focuses on the counterculture that emerged during the so-called Spanish transition to democracy. Youth and street culture, the artistic manifestations developed in the fringes of any type of institutionalism, are narrated through the work of artists and collectives such as Raimundo Patiño, Carlos Pazos, Eugenia Balcells, Anna Turbau, Pilar Aymerich, Paz Muro, La Familia Lavapies, Tino Calabuig, Antonio Mercero and Ceesepe, among many others. The works are accompanied by a myriad of documentary material from the time, in the form of magazines, records, fanzines and audiovisuals.

 

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