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Room 206.11 Basilio Martín Patino. Songs for after a War, 1971

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The documentary Songs for After a War (1971) by Basilio Martín Patino (1930) completes the contents of the rooms relating to Picasso’s Guernica and its historical contextualisation around the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Patino’s particular reading of the post-war years – the 1940s and 1950s – presents a country torn apart, needing to get past the memory of the war and face up to an uncertain and painful present. Patino used popular culture, songs sung by ordinary people and pictures from the newspapers, films and newsreel from everyday life. He presented a story to help overcome the trauma; a catharsis that would allow collective memory to be rebuilt with a critical perspective.