Episode 2

The Lost Thought

Sabatini Building, Floor 4

While victory in Spain staged a return to order and signalled the start of years of isolation and repression, the ships crammed with Spanish exiles reached the new continent in a journey harking back to the Conquest of the Americas. For many artists, exile became a chance to question categories of thought and contribute to culture’s most radical experiences and discourses. 

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The Lost Thought

Sabatini Building, Floor 4

While victory in Spain staged a return to order and signalled the start of years of isolation and repression, the ships crammed with Spanish exiles reached the new continent in a journey harking back to the Conquest of the Americas. For many artists, exile became a chance to question categories of thought and contribute to culture’s most radical experiences and discourses. The Cold War, aware of culture’s power, used exhibitions to redesign a new geopolitical setting, while artists and collectives upended their mechanisms to turn them into a form of resistance. From the 1960s, Spain’s entry into a new economic and political stage that embraced the pomp of XXV años de paz (25 Years of Peace) would fail to convince exiles or the Anti-Franco collectives gaining momentum.