No one expects the spanish inquisition

modernartastorture

French anarchist Alphonse Laurencic inspired himself in the works of Salvador Dali and Wassily Kandinsky to create jail cells, like this one in the photo, with a sloping beds almost impossible to sleep on, irregularly shaped bricks on the floor to prevent prisoners from walking straight, and walls covered with surrealist patterns and lighting effects designed to make prisoners distressed and confused.

The cells were built for the republican forces fighting Franco’s Fascist army, those imprisoned in such cells found themselves subject not just to actual torture, but torture directly inspired by modernist aesthetic principles.

Has Modern Art Always Been Torture?

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