Picasso's 'Guernica' to be repositioned after works
The famous painting will enjoy a place of pride following a re-modelling of the room at Madrid's Reina Sofía Museum.23 May 2008
MADRID - Guernica, Pablo Picasso's powerful condemnation of war, will start to be displayed more as the artist intended later this year following a re-modelling of the room that houses the famous painting at Madrid's Reina Sofía Museum.
Unveiled Thursday by Reina Sofía director Manuel Borja-Villell, the plans include moving the canvas to the opposite wall, raising a false ceiling to give it more space and bathing it in white light instead of yellow. It will be accompanied in the room by other works of art from the Spanish Civil War era as well as films and photographs.
"This is not a painting intended to decorate a room. It is an instrument of war," Borja-Villell said. "It captures a time in the history of Spain that became universal in a dramatic way."
Picasso's denunciation of the bombing of the Basque town of Gernika by German airmen fighting for Franco was first displayed at the World's Fair in Paris in 1937 in the midst of the Spanish Civil War.
Borja-Villell said it is that same setting that the museum is trying to recreate so as to display the work as Picasso had wanted. He rejected the notion that Guernica could be put on display elsewhere, such as the Prado, which had been Picasso's intention after the World's Fair. "It has to remain in the space that was created for it," Borja-Villell said.
[El Pais / Angeles Garcia / Expatica]
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