The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents The Schizoes of Madrid. The Madrid Figuration of the 1970s, which approaches the lively, complex cultural environment in Madrid throughout the final years of the Francoist dictatorship and the first period of democracy. The exhibition displays activities and works by a group of artists that, in an ambivalently modern gesture, decided to embrace figurative painting at the margins of this period’s dominant aesthetic and political conventions.
The exhibition features an entire generation of artists, Carlos Alcolea, Chema Cobo, Carlos Franco, Luis Gordillo, Sigfrido Martín Begué, Herminio Molero, Rafael Pérez-Mínguez, Luis Pérez-Mínguez, Guillermo Pérez Villalta and Manolo Quejido, framed within a time period from 1970 to 1985, in which the art scene changed indefinitely. Particular emphasis has been placed on these painters’ group activities that shared common concerns and desires, supported by a growing number of art galleries and encouraged by a new generation of critics in Madrid with whom they would find similar interests and ambitions.