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Incite the Spirit:
Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War
September 6 to December 16
10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Townsend Center for the Humanities
The exhibition is located in a space used for events and meetings.
Please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to check room availability.
Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of conflict in Spain, the Townsend Center for the Humanities features digital prints of selections from the Bancroft Library’s outstanding collection of posters of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The show includes pieces by some of the leading graphic artists of the era, and reflects the influence of contemporary aesthetic movements such as expressionism, formalism, and constructivism. Posters produced during the first phase of the war reflect the optimism and exhilaration of what the Republicans perceived to be a social revolution, while later works, presaging the ultimate success of Francisco Franco and the Nationalists, highlight the destruction, fear, and death that accompany war.