Picasso finally honoured in birthplace of Malaga
4 October 2006, MALAGA — More than 33 years after his death, Pablo Picasso was finally given recognition in his birthplace of Malaga.
4 October 2006
MALAGA — More than 33 years after his death, Pablo Picasso was finally given recognition in his birthplace of Malaga.
The painter was honoured as the city's favorite son, an honour he could not enjoy while he was still alive for political reasons.
The posthumous distinction was received by the artist's daughter-in-law, Christine Ruiz Picasso, and by her son, Bernard, since both were instrumental in the return of the painter's works to Malaga.
In a brief address in French, translated into Spanish by Bernard, Christine displayed emotion and gratitude for this award by the Malaga City Council.
Christine has often visited Malaga since beginning her project for the Picasso Museum at the beginning of the last decade.
She visited this city for the first time in 1954 together with Picasso's oldest son, Paul - who was later to become her husband - to fulfill her father-in-law's dream of exhibiting his works in his home town, something that had been impossible before because of the political situation.
Most emblematic of Picasso's conflict with the Franco regime in Spain was his painting "Guernica," currently in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, which he began just four days after the town of Guernica and its defenceless civilian population was devastated by the German air force, Franco's ally.
The painting, finished just over a month after the 1937 attacks, symbolized the cruelty of war and helped win the antipathy of the Franco regime.
For his part, Bernard was always a fervent admirer of his grandfather's work and worked hard to bring Picasso's art to the public by exhibiting his important private collection around the world, and also by setting up a photographic publishing company which has contributed to the study and dissemination of his works.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news