SPAIN THE DREAM OF REASON – 18th CENTURY
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Curated by Maria Concepción García Saíz
Produced by Instituto Inclusartiz
July – August 2002
Organising an exhibition about Spain during a period as extremely suggestive as the 18th century, conscious from the first moment it was intended for the Brazilian public, was a unique challenge. Firstly, the responsibility to decide the most appropriate formula to present the image of 18th century Spain; then to avoid, as far as possible, the danger of stereotypes, which are so strongly rooted by the simplification often followed by better-intentioned syntheses; and finally to find a balance between the conceptual discourse of the exhibition and the selection of the pieces that act as a visual support and that should allow the visitor an easy and attractive understanding.