WITH REBELLION AWARENESS IS BORN
The show has been curated by art historian and critic Tomàs Llorens, who was director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and of the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) in Valencia.
The exhibition includes paintings by a generation of upcoming young artists in the 1950s who were sinking their roots in Spanish cultural life during the apogee of Francoist Spain. These artists partook of the desire to investigate a new art that would express their time and to bring a legacy already expressed by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, as well as Picasso and Miró, up to date. Through the visual arts such artists conveyed the idea of a wound and of suffering by waging a war of denunciation and rebellion against the injustice and oppression of the status quo. In that respect, Black Series No. 2 by Rafael Canogar and Painting (3) by Manolo Millares are outstanding. Also deserving of particular attention are the two oils by Cuixart, which were included in the São Paulo Biennial of 1959, and the monumental painting by Luis Feito, Untitled, exhibited at the 1968 Venice Biennale.
Tomàs Llorens, in his first exhibition curated for a private gallery, points out that “The final distinguishing factor, and the most decisive one when it comes to describing what differentiates, as a group, the young avant-gardists represented in this exhibition, is their particular historical context. What most deeply marked their different individual poetics, endowing them with a common character that, as time goes by, is perceived with greater clarity, is the rage and the hope with which, at the midpoint of Francoism, they began to imagine its demise.”