Zapatero says 'Guernica' cannot be moved
20 September 2006, MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero defended on Wednesday the government's decision not to allow Picasso's masterpiece Guernica to return to the Basque Country.
20 September 2006
MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero defended on Wednesday the government's decision not to allow Picasso's masterpiece Guernica to return to the Basque Country.
Speaking in parliament, the Spanish prime minister said 'technical reasons' stopped the canvas from being put on show in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum.
There has been an on-going campaign to return Guernica to the Basque Country, since the painting was returned to Spain 25 years ago.
Inspired by the bombing of the ancient capital of the Basques by German bombers in the Spanish Civil War, Picasso's work went on to become an international symbol of the barbarity of war.
But the government has resisted attempts to move the painting from the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, claiming it was too damaged to be moved again.
The painting had travelled all over the world until it was brought back to Spain in 1981, six years after the death of Franco.
Basque nationalists have tried to get the government to allow the painting to be moved to the Guggenheim next year, on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Guernica.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news