Encounters with the 1930s

3 Oct-7 Jan. The Reina Sofía Museum highlights how the art world was affected by the turbulent events of the 1930s, a decade in which power and art both coexisted and clashed.

The exhibition examines the art of this era against the backdrop of increasing political violence of the Spanish civil war, propaganda and the rapid advancement of technology, and proposes that the 1930s must be considered a time in which modernity was questioned by artists. It also analyses how artists' geographical displacement - whether voluntarily or forced - influenced the art work of the time.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: realism; abstraction; international expositions; surrealism; photography, film and posters; and Spain: the Second Republic, the Civil War and exile. Encounters with the 1930s features some 400 works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann, Yves Tanguy and Joan Miró.


Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-14.30.

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Address Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS), C/ Santa Isabel 52, tel. +34917741000.

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Encounters with the 1930s

Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS), C/ Santa Isabel 52, tel. +34917741000.