MUSEUM OF THE DEFENSE OF MADRID

Tom Lavin
2007 / 8



ATOMIC EYE / ANTIMUSEO

25 Mantuano street, Madrid

2003-2007





Artistic contributors: María María Acha, Javier Pérez Aranda, Óscar Seco and Pepe Abascal

Support:
Grant Madrid Procesos - AVAM
Subvención para los actos relacionados con las víctimas de la Guerra Civil y el franquismo - Ministerio de la Presidencia
Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

Collaboration:
Museo de la Guerra Civil – Mohedas de la Jara
Family archive Jaime Menéndez el “Chato”
Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico (Isabel Argerich y José Buces)
GEFREMA
SBHAC



Foto Pepe Abascal; Illustration María María Acha-Kutscher


The Museum of the Defense of Madrid is a collaborative and processual project that creates a mental rather than a physical space, in order to transform the representations of our city, our history and our identity.

The defense of Madrid during the Civil War was a phenomenon unlike any other in the history of the struggle against fascism in Europe. For three years, the city’s population resisted constant bombardment by the Nazi air force and vicious assaults by Moroccan soldiers hired to subjugate them. Moreover, these civilians held their motto, “They shall not pass,” even when it did not seem humanly possible.

The lack of collective memory of this transcendental moment in our history is the point of departure for an exercise in cultural and political criticism. The narration of this people’s movement redraws Madrid’s landscape, and, as a model for the institution that produces knowledge and cultural legitimacy, the Museum becomes a radical art action: a modest cart which the artist pulls through the streets in search of the lost epic.


EXHIBITIONS:

Antimuseo, 2007, Madrid
Centro Cultural Conde Duque (La Noche en Blanco), 2007, Madrid
Public spaces, 2007–2008, Madrid