The Museum of Fine Arts Gravina of Alicante (Mubag) is hosting this exhibition until the 11th of June "Goya. Witness of your time", which gathers 138 prints in black and white, from private collections and distributed in a "breakthrough" assembly that invites reflection on issues that are still present after 200 years.
Some of the pieces have been shown in Paris and Turkey, although the selection made by the curators to be exhibited at the Mubag is unique, according to consortium sources, who have emphasized that it is "very difficult to see complete series of Goya's graphics works ".
The engravings are exhibited with the titles written in the Castilian of Goya's time and in an arrangement reminiscent of compartments of confessional, under a dim light and within an atmosphere that invites a reflective contemplation to the spectator.
Of the 138 engravings that are part of this exhibition, eighty correspond to the second edition of "Disasters of War", of which there are very few prints in the world.
In this series, Goya dissects as a true "reporter" and with minute details the horror of the War of Independence, which affected the entire civilian population.
Like a witness, Goya creates pictures of the conflict, not as a direct copy but as fruit of his independent and modern vision before the war in which death is always omnipresent and the protagonists are the victims of both sides.
Also exhibited are forty prints from the series "The Tauromachy" that reflect a controversial issue in the nineteenth century, as in today's society, in which some sectors are questioned about what happens in the arena and other parties around what happens to the bull.
The rest of the works in the exhibition belong to "Los Disparates", a darker series in which Goya combines the representation of reality and his inner world, dreamlike and fantastic to denounce the vices, weaknesses and prejudices of man , such as pedophilia or prostitution.
Here we find eighteen prints loaded with subjectivism and surrealism that question the irrational human behavior from the conception of an artist whose work suffered, by "its authenticity", the censorship of the time.
This exhibition is unique in the way that the three parts are divided then accompanied by the projection of images of current scenes to reaffirm that all that Goya recounted continues to be events that echo today.