It’s generally accepted now that urban policy under Franco–at least from the mid-50s–was no worse than in most of Western Europe: trams disappeared, high-rise appeared, and city mayors became rich on contract commissions. One of the most notorious Spanish examples of the latter is Josep Maria de Porcioles i Colomer, who ran Barcelona from 1957 to 1973. Although he remains proverbial for his corruption, one of the good things his administration did was to bin the socialist/nationalist/fascist tradition of statues of moustachioed leaders and heroic workers in favour of depoliticised bourgeois public art, including a lot of abstract work, leading the way for Barcelona’s post-transition post-socialist administrations. Check this new council site and, in particular, stuff like Josep Maria Subirachs’ Evocació marinera (via Flaneuse).
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The demented, evil swine has herself photographed in a neighbourhood her party has spent the last 20 years doing its damnedest
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“The degree of corruption of most administrations is more or less equivalent in different times and circumstances…”
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Carlos Ferrera notes the bizarre preoccupations of Galician nationalist and regional deputy, Bieito Lobeira: If some catastrophe were to occur today that
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This photo of Mobile World Congress attendees pigging out in a bar in the Born is doing the rounds as part