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Hazañas bélicas, 1972

Painting, 116 x 81 cm

In the early seventies, like other Spanish painters of the time, Alberto Solsona combined elements taken from comics and mass culture as a means of political critique. He created works that repeatedly juxtaposed symbols with military or religious images, as a way of denouncing the repressive nature of the last years of Franco’s Spain.

From 1972 to 1977, the social and political elements in Solsona’s work became more accentuated and explicit, and he began signing his paintings jointly with Fernando Almela. Their games of image association – such as a brain next to military images or soldiers embroidered in cross-stitch – evoke the irrationality and perversion of that particular political moment.


Technical details

Original title:
Hazañas bélicas
Registration number:
4444
Artist:
Solsona, Alberto - Almela, Fernando
Date created:
1972
Date acquired:
2012
Status:
On display
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Painting
Media:
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
116 x 81 cm (height x width)
Room:
Meier Building, Level 1, Room 5
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of Fundación Almela-Solsona
Copyright:
© Fundación Almela-Solsona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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I believe an artwork should leave the viewer perplexed, make him reflect on the meaning of life
Antoni Tàpies