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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 413

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 413 – Afal Photographic Group, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Still Life, 1957, by Alberto Schommer
2. The Proxy, 1959, by Leonardo Cantero
3. Girl with a Rose, 1959, by Gabriel Cualladó

Image courtesy for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Afal was an important group of photographers in Spain from the 20th century.
  • The group was founded by Jose Maria Artero Garcio and Carlos Perez Siquier. The photographic works of the artists were published in a journal of the same name. The magazine was published between 1956 to 1963.
  • Every young and aspiring photographer of the era wanted to be associated with Afal. This movement also aided in the acceptance of photography as a form of art.
  • A diversity of perspectives was at the core of Afal. The photographers were all from different backgrounds and different parts of the country.
  • Joan Colum, Jodep Maria Casademont, Alberto Schommer, Julio Ubina, Xavier Miserachs, Ramon Masats were all part of the group, that welcomed both amateur and experienced photographers.
  • Unfortunately, while the group was very enthusiastic about their endeavour, the magazine saw little support in terms of subscription. Owing to financial debt and lack of readership, Afal magazine eventually shut down.
  • Despite the discontinuation of the magazine, the group and its ideals lived on. Afal never promoted any one form or style of photography over another. The beauty of it was in the diversity and range of its members.

A Final Thought :

Afal represents an important movement in photography.


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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