Room 001.01 Hors text. The Expressive Synthesis of the Spanish Show in Venice

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The exhibition The Poetics of Democracy. Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition gets under way with a case study, the 1976 Venice Biennale, focused on anti-Franco resistance in Spain. This historic show can be understood as an artistic event, yet its political significance lacks sufficient study to date. The vicissitudes, conflicts, dialogues and theoretical articulations which occurred inside and outside Spain during the prefaces which gave rise to the exhibition serve as a metaphor for a turbulent period in Spain’s history: the transition from a forty-year military dictatorship to a democracy.