Los Sueños (The Dreams), Grete Stern in Círculo Bellas Artes of Madrid.

 

 

Outstanding student at the Bauhaus, where she developed a work related with post-expressionist artistic avant-garde, surrealism and Dadaism, the German artist Grete Stern, was formed in graphic arts, typography and photography and worked for several years in advertising design.

 

 

 

In 1935 she married the photographer and Argentine filmmaker Horacio Coppola (CBA also organized an exhibition about him in 2010) and the following year the couple finally moved to Buenos Aires where Stern lived until his death in 1999, and where she developed a long and interesting career as a photographer.

 

 

In full swing of his work, Grete Stern began working with the women's magazine Idilio, who commissioned her to illustrate the dreams of readers in the section "Psychoanalysis will help you", an opportunity with which the artist developed the photomontage, making of this technique one of its hallmarks and with which could represent themes such as nightmares, frustrations, unspeakable desires ... of a generation of women who do not yet recognize their place in society, and who were still far from feminist claims. 

 

 

 

 

The photographer published over 100 photomontages in the three years he worked for Idilio, from 1948 to 1951. She represented persecuted women, enclosed, restless, brave, dreamy, submissive women, always under a critical, resourceful and revolutionary way. Women who first faced the reality of an identity thanks to the psychoanalysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this hundred works, Stern kept the original negatives of 46 pieces, now on display in the Círculo de Bellas Artes, in gelatin silver photographic prints which was made by her husband, Horacio Coppola. As they were designed for the publication, they are small works but with an intense creativity and an unequivocal message: freedom and autonomy for women.

 

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

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and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.