Postwar Art in Spain
We are pleased and proud to present this exhibition on the art of the Spanish postwar years, featuring exceptional works by Brossa, Feito, Millares, Saura and Tàpies, in London. It is an exhibition with links to the group show that took place in 1962 at the Tate Gallery, in which this disruptive generation presented its new artistic experiments in the UK capital, just as it had done earlier in New York (with exhibitions at the MoMA and the Guggenheim), at documenta in Kassel and at the biennials in Venice, São Paulo and Paris.
These artists shared an urge to seek new forms to express the concerns of their era and to contemporize a legacy expressed in a masterly manner by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, and also by Picasso and Miró. Through art, they conveyed the existential suffering of their generation, occasioned by the injustice, oppression and uncertainty which defined 20th century politics. This group strived to combat the status quo by speaking out and rebelling against it. They struggled against an artistic canon that was obsolete following the wars of the opening half of the 20th century, with the advent of Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism.
It is a privilege to present this exhibition in the legendary Colnaghi gallery, with which we share a love of the archive and the library; of sampling art with rigour, research, passion and enthusiasm; of renewing discourses; and of promoting culture and bringing it to new audiences.
On this occasion we present a publication that includes the contributions of Vicenç Altaió [cultural activist and writer and the President of the Joan Brossa Foundation] and an interview by the curator Elena Sorokina with the artist Luis Feito, the last surviving artist among the ones represented in this exhibition.