Rare Spanish art resurfaces in NYC adult movie house

October 27, 2010

The Spanish Civil War and the defeat of the Republic, immediately followed by the outbreak of World War II, pushed hundreds of thousands of Republicans into exile. But the diaspora was not limited to people: archives, too, were dispersed (hence the “Mexican Suitcase“)–and so were works of art. Picasso’s monumental painting Guernica, the centerpiece at the Spanish pavilion in the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, spent most of the Franco years in exile at the MoMA in New York. So, too,  did five paintings that Luis Quintanilla did for the Spanish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, which were thought lost but turned up tree years ago in a well-known adult movie house . A new documentary tells the story, Público reports: Los otros Guernicas, written and directed by Daniel Álvarez and Iñaki Pinedo.