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Josep Renau and the Politics of Culture in Republican Spain 1931-1939 : Re-imagining the Nation

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"At once pragmatic and utopian, the Spanish artist, critic and political activist Josep Renau engaged in multiple ways in the volatile cultural conflicts of interwar Europe, which converged on Spain in the Second Republic's battle to modernise both politics and society (1931-1939). Renau used his idiosyncratic artwork and agit-prop, inspired by the Constructivists and the German avant-garde, to critique the timidity of the Republic's first democratising reforms. To envision an alternative, he launched arts organisations and magazines whose goal was to begin the work of redefining Spanish national self-image through cultural innovation. The ideas Renau developed would soon come to shape government policy during the war in Spain (1936-39) when Renau servedas the Republic's Director General of Fine Arts. In power, Renau was a tireless cultural innovator, whose initiatives not only helped mobilise tens of thousands of Republicans but also shaped the new collective imaginaries emerging from the conflict. This book offers the first interdisciplinary and contextualised analysis of the relationship between art and politics in Renau's work at the time of Spain's pivotal attempt to pursue democratic forms of modernisation"--
Number of Pages: 241
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Art, History
Series Title: Canada Blanch/Sussex Academic Studies on Contemporary Spain
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Carl-henrik Bjerstrom
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2015
TCIN: 50342436
UPC: 9781845197391
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-0861

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