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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 414

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 414 – Estampa Popular, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Estampa Popular was a highly political artistic movement that was anti-French in nature. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Monument to Dialogue, 1966, by Albert Ràfols-Casamada
2. The yeah! yeah! Bomb, 1966, by Josep Guinovart
3. USA Big Stick, 1965, by Josep Guinovart

Image courtesy for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Various artists subscribed to and supported the Estampa Popular movement. These included Andreu Alfaro, Ana Peters, Frencesc Jarque, Jordi Ballester and many more.
  • The primary objective of the group was to send out an anti-Franco message to the citizens of Spain.
  • During Francisco Franco’s takeover of Spain, Spanish artists united under various stylistic movements to voice their dissent.
  • Estampa Popular was unique in that it rejected elitism in art. As against avant-garde beliefs, these artists wanted art to be accessible to all. They believed that art was for the masses. And reserving it for high society was unfair.
  • The works are markers of a slow civil uprising against Franco’s regime.

A Final Thought :

Journeying through the Reina Sofia Museum is like re-living the history of Spain through very potent visual vocabularies. The artists, the works, the themes all paint a great picture of the nation and its evolution through the ages. The identity of a nation is often shaped by and reflected in its art. And this is truly experienced at the heart of the national capital, within the walls of this Museum.

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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