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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 001.04

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 001.04 – Art & Politics at the End of Franco’s Dictatorship, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases the mounting socio-political tensions in the 70s in Spain, as depicted through art. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Following a Piece of News, 1977, by Concha Jerez
2. Homage to the Man in the Street, 1976, by Francesc Abad
3. Self-Harmers from the COPEL. “La Modelo” Prison, 1978, by Colita

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Francisco Franco ruled over Spain from 1939 to 1975.
  • Franco’s regime was repressive to most. He announced Catholicism as the primary religion of the country and the Catalan and Basque languages were practically banned.
  • During Franco’s regime, all laws that supported equality and progress of women in society were also nullified.
  • The period was also marked with the dictator indiscriminately killing many of his political opponents, most of whom had been imprisoned by him. People who rose their voice against the regime were murdered. Subsequently, art became a kind of safe space for voicing these feelings of dissent.
  • Owing to this, art from this era is extremely politically charged.

A Final Thought :

It is interesting to note that the art styles that had gained momentum towards the end of Franco’s dictatorial rule lost mass support immediately after his death. The sole purpose of this movement was the end of this repressive rule, and in a way, it was successful in achieving this objective.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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