The exhibition brings together around one hundred works by leading national and international artists, created between 1940 and the mid-1960s. These works explore the human condition in a period marked by uncertainty, mutations, failures and hopes after World War II and the Spanish Civil War. The exhibition offers an interdisciplinary look at post-war art, and goes beyond existentialism, capturing the spirit of the times shared by diverse cultural imaginaries.
After the devastation of global war, art became a means to express the concerns and crises of humanity, depicting the wounded, anguished, destroyed and reinvented figure. These historical dilemmas resonate in the present, marked by war conflicts and a general sense of crisis.
The exhibition features works by artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Saura, Albert Giacometti, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, among many others.
The project seeks to explore essential themes such as the dissolution of classical humanism, the creation of a new subjectivity through suffering and hope, as well as more specific issues such as the relationship between body and consciousness, heroism, the grotesque, the image of the monster, the nostalgia for beauty and the communicative function of the face. Ultimately, this exhibition expands the narrative of the postwar period and the avant-garde, placing the Catalan artists in a European and international context and highlighting their artistic quality.