Painting from Juana Frances featured in the Homage to Machado. Juana Frances, untitled, 1964, mixed media (acrylic on metal and sand) sur toile, 117 x 168 cm, Banca March Collection.
Geopolitics Exile, 30 October 2020
Painting from Juana Frances featured in the Homage to Machado. Juana Frances, untitled, 1964, mixed media (acrylic on metal and sand) sur toile, 117 x 168 cm, Banca March Collection.

Homage to Machado, John Bernard Myers and Spanish Refugee Aid, Inc. The Chronicle of a Tribute to a Refugee

Investigation by María Luisa Grau Tello
Summary

Today, at a time when the world is facing a refugee crisis handled ineffectively by governments yet tackled by citizen-led interventions, this article recollects Homage to Machado, an art exhibition held in New York in 1966, organised by John Bernard Myers, gallery owner, and Spanish Refugee Aid, Inc., an NGO founded by Nancy Macdonald in 1953. Conceived as a tribute to Antonio Machado, a Spanish poet who died exiled in France, the exhibition sought to raise funds to support the SRA’s projects helping Spanish refugees settled in France as well as to denounce the lack of freedom under Franco’s dictatorship.