On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the first time Guernica was shown, this exhibition deals with Picasso’s view of modern war, as shown by his imagery of agony, perplexity, and horror.
The exhibition looks into the roots of Guernica’s imagery, which can be traced back to previous works by Picasso (after 1925): frantic, ecstatic action, sometimes wrapped in a halo of danger, and graphic violence. It also explores the connections between violence and sexuality in his work.
The exhibition is aimed at showing that Guernica – the definitive staging of a tragedy intended for the public sphere – wouldn’t have been possible without previous experiments. It begins with still lifes and interiors from 1924-1925, continuing with works dealing with monstrosity and violence in the late 1920s and the 1930s to finish with Picasso’s horrifying portraits and appalling interior paintings on the outbreak of World War II.
General admission: €8 (€10 Ticket office) (Includes visit to the entire Museum and the Picasso Exhibition until 4 September)
Mon, Wed-Sat: 10am-9pm
Closed: on Tuesday
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