One of the most important questions for historians, art critics and contemporary artists is coming to understand the complex relationship between the production and experience of art and its institutionalization. Looking critically at the role of today's “modern art museum” entails understanding its history, looking not only at which political and economic powers are expressed in the exposition of art, but also at which realities and mythologies are created during the process.
This presentation is divided into two sessions. The first of them, a lecture, contrasts and draws connections between three important expositions taking place in 1936 and1937: Cubism and Abstract Art (New York, 1936), Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne(Paris, 1937) and Entartete Kunst Ausstellung[Degenerate Art Show] (Munich, 1937). The second, a guided visit through the rooms devoted to the Spanish Pavilion, analyses the footprints of these expositions in the art of the post-war period and the direct connection it has with the reinstallation of the Museum's collection.