The Valencian artist Josep Renau was a remarkable exponent of the photomontage technique. His links with the Communist Party, dating back to 1931, together with his political views and the influence of art movements such as Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, led him to the conviction that art should be used as a revolutionary weapon.
After the Spanish Civil War, he went into exile in Mexico; it was there, influenced by the proximity of the United States, that he started work on his series Fata-Morgana. USA – The American Way of Life. The series—a criticism of the Cold War, capitalism, racism and militarism, heavily influenced by the German artist John Heartfield—sought ultimately to improve man’s living conditions. This exhibition brings together the whole series of 69 pieces, highlighting a project that, far from becoming dated, has taken on new relevance today; both as a reflection of the current socioeconomic crisis and as a meditation on the social function of art and culture.
PHotoEspaña 2014 opened in Madrid last week. The festival ocupies a strange place in the photo world. The locations are sumptuous (The Reina Sofia Museum, the Museum of Romanticism, the Telefonica) and some of the exhibitions are simply marvelous (see our selection below),...