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Franco in a fridge: he pulls in the punters, but is he art?

Artist Eugenio Merino with a cool-looking Francisco Franco.

Spain’s former dictator is still news, as a generation of artists have made clear lately. But it’s a shame their work isn’t more interesting or relevant.

February 20th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, IberoArts, Spain News | Read More »

Spain wrestles with Franco’s resting place

The Valley of the Fallen

A group of experts has recommended that Franco be exhumed and El Valle de los Caídos, the notorious monument to him, be transformed into a place of reconciliation. It’s extremely unlikely to happen, but one day Spain must resolve the conundrum presented by this sinister reminder of Francoism and the Civil War.

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Spain turns right, but where’s the far right?

Far-right in Spain

On November 20, 1975, Spain’s fascist dictator General Francisco Franco was pronounced dead. On that same day 36 years later, Spaniards went to the polls for a general election in which, unlike elsewhere in Europe, the far right was almost nowhere to be seen. But that doesn’t mean the country’s right-wing ghosts have been laid to rest entirely.

December 1st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Mission: Impossible, the Valley of the Fallen

Valle de los Caidos

A religious shrine or a monument to hate? The Valley of the Fallen, which houses General Franco’s tomb, has loomed over the landscape outside Madrid and Spain’s collective memory for decades. Now, 36 years after the death of the dictator, the government has appointed a commission to decide the site’s fate.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Valley of the Fallen: “A symbol of the Franco dictatorship or a religious site?”

Valley of the Fallen: A symbol of the Franco dictatorship or a religious site?

With the Spanish government now pondering what to do with the Valley of the Fallen, freelance journalist and Iberosphere contributor Nick Lyne visits the site of General Franco’s tomb outside Madrid and questions its status in modern Spain.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

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