|Co-publishers:||UAB, UB, UdG, UPC, URV, MNAC and the Design Museum of Barcelona|
|Size:||17 x 24 cm|
Nadia Hernández Henche
Picasso en el punto de mira. La picassofobia y los atentados a la cultura en el Tardofranquismo
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At the end of 1971, Spanish bookstores and art galleries suffered the attacks of far-right groups. After several attacks with paint, the violence of these incursions increased significantly resulting in the destruction of the Suite Vollard engravings at Madrid’s Theo gallery. Traditionally, these assaults are part of a wider sequence of attacks against culture that lasted until the beginning of democracy. However, the circumstances suggest that these were specific and planned actions that shaped a whole campaign. Its aim was the destruction of a symbol: Picasso’s name. This volume focuses on the ideological responsibility of these attacks and tries to recover the memory of those that took place in Barcelona, where the same groups used Molotov cocktails to destroy the bookstore Cinc d’Oros and Picasso’s workshop. This affront to Picasso didn’t elicit any official response, not even in Barcelona: a city that opened a museum devoted to the artist and expanded it in order to accept Picasso’s donations. On the contrary, it elicited an artistic response in the shape of private and usually clandestine projects that tried to fix the artist’s public image. Under the motto “against violence, intelligence”, they shaped spaces of ethical and aesthetic reconciliation. Its analysis offers another approach to understanding Picasso’s public figure and highlight how it inspired the appearance of critical artistic and intellectual initiatives during Francoism.