The recent history of Spain told through its illustrators reaches the Pablo Gargallo Museum of Zaragoza with sample «You draw», an exhibition that brings together 132 works by 40 women that they published from 1891 to the 90s of the 20th century. The Zaragoza City Council and the ABC Museum organize this exhibition, curated by art historians Marta González and Josefina Alix and with the sponsorship of Caser Insurance, which collects works published by these illustrators in Black and white and ABC, reports Efe.
The director of the ABC Museum, Immaculate Cork, has told a press conference today that, preparing this exhibition, they have discovered women who signed their works with male names or surnames. Corcho has acknowledged that the organization of the exhibition involved a “complex” research work because it had to recognize the women who were among the 150,000 drawings and the 1,500 artists that make up the ABC collection to “weave” the stories of these illustrators who, in turn, tell the evolution of Spanish society.
The 132 drawings Selected from the exhibition, which has already passed through Madrid and Pontevedra, are divided into four phases, spread over several rooms in the Pablo Gargallo Museum. The first one talks about the artists who led the way, such as Madame Gironella or Ceferina de Luque, to continue with “Modern Las” that, during the 20s and 30s, forged the most fruitful period of this art, with names like Piti Bartolozzi or Maruja Mallo. The tour continues with “Postwar”, in which they appear Coti Feduchi y Menchu Gal, among others, and ends with “Aires Nuevos”, already set in the years of the Spanish transition, when they published women as Aitana Martín or Ana Muñoz.
The deputy mayor of Zaragoza and municipal councilor for Culture, Sara Fernández, has valued this exhibition that rescues the works of “innovative” women whose names remained hidden under male pseudonyms. «Cartoonists», which owes its title to the 1st Drawing Salon that took place at the Lyceum Club Femenino de Madrid in 1931, can be visited at the Pablo Gargallo Museum until March 8, 2021.