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Exhibition guide to Picasso - Pity and Terror, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

Exhibition guide to Picasso - Pity and Terror, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

18 GBP
Exhibition guide in English to Picasso - Pity and Terror
5th April - 4th September 2017
Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
Size: 16 x 21cm
pp. 5 fold out pages

When in early 1937 Pablo was asked to produce a painting for the Spanish Pavilion, he told the Republic's delegates that he was not sure he could do the kind of picture they wanted. The world of his art had been till then essentially intimate and personal, bound by the walls and windows of a room; he had almost never spoken to the public realm, still less to political events; since 1925 his art had often steered close, claustrophobically, to nightmare or monstrosity. Yet the painting he eventually did for the Republic spoke grandly to the new realities of war. And the scene of suffering and disorientation he showed us has lived on, as an emblem of the modern condition, for eight decades. Guernica has become our culture's tragic scene.