Spanish avant-garde art of 1950s-60s on display in Rome

At Cervantes Institute, works by 18 artists

26 September, 12:38

    NAPLES - An art exhibition titled "The Poetics Between Abstraction and Figuration", which runs through January 12 in the Dalì Room at the Cervantes Institute of Rome, centres on the desire in post-war Madrid to renew contemporary art amidst the difficulties imposed by the Franco dictatorship.

    The exhibition, curated by María Toral, includes 34 works of paintings, reliefs, sculptures and drawings. It brings together two generations of Spanish artists who dedicated their lives to avant-garde art in the context of Spain's political and cultural isolation during the 1950s and 1960s.

    Among the 18 Spanish artists of the informalism and realism movements in the exhibition are Antonio López, Amalia Avia, María Moreno, Manuel Millares, Juana Francés, Antonio Saura, Rafael Canogar, Manuel Rivera and Martín Chirino.

    The exhibition includes works from members of two modern art movements that are most representative of those years: "El Paso", which experimented with Art Informel, and "Realistas de Madrid", which was oriented towards figurative art.

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