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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 417

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 417 – Spanish Painting During Developmentism, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The works in this gallery represent the period when Spain liberalised its economy around the 60s. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Navacerrada, 1961, by Fernando Zobel
2. Green Encounter, 1970, by José Guerrero
3. Shout Out no. 7, 1959, by Antonio Saura

Image courtesy for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Beyond Franco’s regime, Spain saw a whole new world of economic opportunity. For the first time, the Spanish opened up their economy and embraced liberal capitalism. Trade barriers were reduced and this made way for not only the exchange of commodities but also the exchange of ideas. The plans for economic evolution and development during the 60s were termed as the Development Plans. The works in this gallery at the Reina Sofia are reminiscent of this chapter in the history of Spain. The historic economic boom that was experienced by the country during this time is often termed the Spanish Miracle.
  • During this period, around the 60s, Spanish art also took giant leaps. For the first time, local artists gained access to the international market. Their works were featured in exhibitions and biennales across Europe and around the globe. They were also able to see what their contemporaries around the world were up to.
  • Of course, despite their new found freedom, the Spanish artists were still, to a large extent, controlled and censored by the State.

A Final Thought :

This period was an important one not just for the Spanish economy, but also for the art scene in the country.


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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