• En la piel de toro

    Palacio de Velázquez

    What best justifies a group show—its thesis, or the relationship between the works exhibited? This is a difficult question, but in general Spanish art institutions seem to favor exhibitions that are not built around a specific argument. “En la piel de toro” (In the skin of the bull) is one example. Though this show’s title, which alludes to the shape of the Iberian Peninsula, appeared to promote a “geopolitics of sensibility,” in fact the exhibition did not reflect on the possibility of a single Iberian soul. The six Spanish and six Portuguese artists whose work was assembled here inhabit the

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