Room 001.04 The Meaning of Painting: The Everyday Life

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Spain’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale bore this title to present a comparative look at the painting of Luis Gordillo and Antoni Tàpies. The curators’ approach lent weight to the analysis of painting as language, not from a formal perspective but in terms of its relationship with political and social reality. The themes set forth included the onset of the divide between high and low culture which, in the work of some artists, meant incorporating daily life into painting.