previews

  • Kindel (Joaquín del Palacio), Alejandra de la Sota–designed village of Esquivel, Spain, 1952, gelatin silver print. From “Campo cerrado: El arte español de la posguerra.”

    “Campo Cerrado: Spanish Art of the Postwar Period”

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
    April 26 - October 3

    Curated by María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco

    Campo cerrado” (Closed Field) surveys Spanish cultural production from 1939—a date that marks not only the commencement of World War II but also the end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of Franco’s dictatorial rule—to the mid-1950s. Work from this period has, for the most part, been critically disregarded until recently, thanks to its conservative strain and its association with the fascist Francoist regime. This exhibition promises to shed new light on the epoch, highlighting the emergence of a modern Spanish sensibility. The show brings together painting and sculpture alongside film, documentation of theatrical productions and architectural structures, and related ephemera—all recontextualizing our aesthetic and ideological understanding of this era. The catalogue includes reproductions of these materials and a selection of contemporary and historical texts, many translated into English for the first time.