The MACBA Collection includes ten significant works from the series Spain is different (1973-1982). Joan Rabascall puts forward a caustic vision of the cultural and political situation at the end of Franco’s dictatorship and the beginning of democracy, based around the slogan 'Spain is different’ which was launched by the Ministry of Tourism, then headed by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, with the aim of attracting mass tourism to Spain. The contrast between the idea of opening up the country that goes along with the desire to promote tourism, and the actual situation of the country at the time, is highlighted in the diptychs that the artist puts together using strategically selected images, words and press clippings. Spain is different, the work that gives the series its name, consists of a collage of postcards from the period that come together to form an image of the 'bull hide' shape of the map of Spain.

WORKS IN THE COLLECTION BY JOAN RABASCALL

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I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life
Jean-Michel Basquiat