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The exhibition “Graphic turn. Like the ivy on the wall” hosts graphic elements of social denunciation in Latin America and US. Photo: Reina Sofía Museum.
The exhibition “Graphic turn. Like the ivy on the wall” hosts graphic elements of social denunciation in Latin America and US. Photo: Reina Sofía Museum.

Latinx social denunciation at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid

One of the most important museums in Madrid hosts an exhibition on graphic initiatives in Latin America and the US from 1960 to today.

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The exhibition is called “Graphic turn'. Like the ivy on the wall” and exhibits a wide selection of materials such as posters, banners, t-shirts, and handkerchiefs used by movements that have claimed the memory of the dictatorships in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay; groups that have defended indigenous rights, feminism, and queer activism in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic.

This exhibition, recently opened at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, also includes performances or street actions carried out by various groups, from the 1960s to the present, not only in Latin America but also in the United States.

The graphic elements, which have served as a tool for social denunciation, propose a journey through the initiatives that have confronted politically oppressive emergency contexts, articulating strategies of transformation and resistance.

At the time, all the initiatives in this exhibition have circulated quickly and efficiently outside the field of art, and have in common "the precariousness of the components and the media, such as their graphic and distribution potential that activates them as revolutions”.

According to a press release by Reina Sofía Museum,  this exhibition "is not intended as a panoramic mapping of political graphic art in Latin America but rather as a way of connecting scattered and fragmentary episodes and practices, and aspires to be a sounding board for what is happening on the streets.”

“Graphic turn. Like the ivy on the wall” is organized by the Reina Sofía Museum and is curated by the Red de Conceptualismos del Sur, made up of Ana Longoni (Argentina), André Mesquita (Brazil), Guillermina Mongan (Argentina) and Sylvia Suárez ( from Colombia).

The exhibition in the Sabatini building in Madrid will be open until October 13, 2022.

ABOUT THE REINA SOFÍA MUSEUM

The Reina Sofía Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, permanent collections, of modern and contemporary Spanish art. There visitors can find more than 23,000 works made between the end of the 19th century and the present. Approximately five percent of them are exhibited by artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, René Magritte, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers. .

The most pictorial star of the museum is El Guernica, one of the most important of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

The museum has two more locations: the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal, both located in the well-known Parque del Retiro in the Spanish capital.

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