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Ramón Masats: Visit Spain

By Martin Macdonald
Spain, the world's second most visited country, registering 83.7 million international tourist arrivals in 2019, is seeing a colossal plunge in foreign visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures published by Spain's National Statistics Institute show a 97.7% dip in tourist arrivals in June compared with the same time last year. While tourism accounts for around 12% of Spain's GDP, in certain regions, such as the Balearics and the Canary Islands, it represents over 30% of the economy. The country also has the highest numbers of Covid-19 in the EU and is the only EU country thus far to surpass half a million cases of the virus. As such, the few tourists venturing into Madrid this summer may find it somewhat ironic that the Tabacalera art space's new exhibition, which runs from 02.07 - 12.10.2020, is titled Visit Spain

The expansive show features 145 works by Ramón Masats (b. Caldas de Montbui, Spain, 1931), a master of documentary photography. His…

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