Deconstructing Francoism

Symbols of the dictatorship in Barcelona

Travelling exhibition

  • The EUROM and the project Public Art and Memory of the University of Barcelona jointly coordinate a travelling exhibition with the aim of interpreting the symbolic repression of Francoism;
  • It will be presented on March 12, 2019, at the former prison La Model in Barcelona, where it is promoted in collaboration with the Commissioner of Programmes of Memory of the City Council, and will further be available for itinerancy.
  • The exposed material highlights more than 160 official housing plaques of Francoism that have been recently withdrawn by the city of Barcelona;
  • Interactive cartography allows visitors to locate most of the plaques, as well as some of the most representative sites of repression and control, monuments and street names of the Francoist dictatorship;
  • The exhibition was conceived by Jordi Guixé and Núria Ricart with the support of the project Public Art and Memory (HAR2017-84322-P), the City Council of Barcelona and the programme Europe for Citizens of the European Commission.
Pictures: Exhibition "Deconstructing Francoism" | EUROM, Robert Ramos, Barcelona City Council

Pictures of the exhibition “Deconstructing Francoism” | EUROM, Robert Ramos, Barcelona City Council


The repression of the Francoist dictatorship was present in the cities and towns throughout a hierarchy of territorial control marked by the extensive use of symbology in the public space. Since the democratic transition, many of these objects remained symbolically rooted in the logic and values of repression. They were located in significant places such as military headquarters or police stations, but also as objects of “embellishment” in statues and monuments. Some cities such as Barcelona began to withdrawn the Francoist symbolism and to replace the more explicit street names in the 80s, but in the second decade of 2000 there were still plaques and some commemorative monuments to be removed or interpreted. In other Spanish cities, this work started to be developed more recently.

This travelling exhibition proposes interpreting the repression of the Francoist regime by returning these elements to the surface in a new context and without ambiguities about its fascist iconography, revealing them as something alien to a democratic society.

The exposed material include original pieces and graphical documentation about Francoist symbology highlighting over 160 housing plaques that have been recently withdrawn by the City Council of Barcelona. Interactive cartography allows locating most of those plaques and some of the spaces of repression and control, monuments and nomenclator.

Original idea and direction: Jordi Guixé and Núria Ricart · Documentation: Ricard Conesa · Technical and artistic production: Núria Ricart i Violeta Bofarull
Organization and coordination: European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) and project Public Art and Memory  (HAR2017-84322-P) Promotes: Commissioner of Memory Programmes of the City Council of Barcelona and EUROM






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