The Lost Thought
Sabatini Building, Floor 4
The image of Republican exile, of thousands of Spaniards walking northwards on the roadside, is the most quintessential image of exile and one which manages to transcend the national sphere. It refers at once to a historical juncture and an experience: diaspora, pivotal not only for Spain and the twentieth century, but also for the contemporary twenty-first century, marked by the global migration crisis. Republican exile is one of the pivots articulating the new reading of the Collection and invokes a rethink of the concept of nation and ideas of territory and belonging.