The Tensions of Modernity: Arts and Politics in Italy, Spain, Brazil and Argentina

Francesca Billiani (Other), Ignacio Aguilo (Other), Caterina Sinibaldi (Other), David Jimenez Torres (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


This exhibition explored cultural and political responses to the driving force of modernity in Italy, Spain, Brazil and Argentina between 1909 and 1945. It offered a range of visual and literary material encompassing both high and popular art and culture, from Fascist architectural designs by Sironi to Borges’s literature and Lorca’s and Mário de Andrade’s poetry and from realist painting to Picasso’s Guernica.The exhibition was launched with a talk by Prof Brad Epps (University of Cambridge), followed by a wine reception, on Wed 19 Nov. The Tensions of Modernity was part of Being Human (, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, funded by the School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Manchester
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2014
Eventother; 2014-11-16; 2014-11-23 - Mancehster Central Library
Duration: 16 Nov 201423 Nov 2014


  • Modernity, Arts, Politics, Dictatorships, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil


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