Monday, November 17, 2014
Guernica was a small Spanish Basque village where Franco and Hiltler bombed and strafed unsuspecting villagers in their town and fields. Hitler did it to show off and show the power of terror. Picasso painted it to bring attention to The Spanish Civil War.
Picasso knew this was a new form of warfare and his painting was shown at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris in the Spanish Pavilion. The Spanish were quite nervous about it's reception because of the strong presence the Germans whose exhibit was one of the largest as Germany was just coming into power before WW2.
On seeing a picture of the painting on Picasso's wall during the occupation of Paris a German Officer is to have said to Picasso "Did you do that" and Picasso replied "No, you did"
Considering the world of terrorist acts we live in I don't care what medium this important work is shown in as long as people see it and know its history.
And I am NOT say Germany made the only Terrorists. I think my own country has done it's share of damage.
What would you paint to depict terror today, Be headings, drones, refugee camps? CM