Museums: A New View on the Cliff

For much of this century, Spanish artists have felt that they, rather than their paintings, were up against a wall. The government discouraged modernity, and its practitioners were honored any place but at home. As a freer spirit began to emerge in many phases of Spanish life, modern art enjoyed a resurgence. Now it has its own museum 90 miles from Madrid. Significantly, the founders are the artists themselves.

Overlooking the plains to the south, where Don Quixote tilted at windmills, the first Museum of Spanish Abstract Art (see opposite page) opened this month in the...

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