GUERNICA, ICON OF PEACE
curated by Serena Baccaglini
Padua, 4 November to 5 December 2018
Museo della Terza Armata (Museum of the Third Army)
via Altinate, 59 Padua
The Alberto Peruzzo Foundation is pleased to announce an important event for Padua, and not just for this city.
From 4 November to 5 December, the exhibition “Guernica, Icon of Peace” will open its doors to the public.
The Guernica cartoon is a masterpiece painted by Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline de la Baume Durrbach for use as the pattern of a tapestry commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller and permanently exhibited at the UN headquarters. The original cartoon will now be on display at the Padua Museum of the Third Army.
This happens at a time of highly symbolic value for Italy, the Centenary of the Signature of the Armistice of the Great war – which took place at a site near Padua with close links to the same historical period.
The exhibition is a unique opportunity to admire a masterpiece of this great artist and ponder over the horrors of war.
Serena Baccaglini, the exhibition curator, said: “Guernica is a special artwork; you can see it at a glance. It’s a monumental cartoon which measures 27 square metres and does not fit entirely into a single page of a book. All characters livening it up – six human beings and three animals – are bigger than life size, gathered in a closed space without colours. The way they are mixed together immediately suggests a world overwhelmed by anxiety. It was later found out that it is the autobiographic work of an exiled Spaniard, the ingenious Picasso, an icon for the whole world!
The cartoon replica I found after years of research and soon to be displayed in such a prestigious venue, the Museum of the Third Army, originates from the Guernica oil painting, kept at the Madrid Reina Sofia Museum, ideated and created in a period of only 33 days after the terrible bombing of the Basque village of Guernica in April 1937 and exhibited at the Paris Expo the same year.
The cartoon replica, instead, was drawn 18 years later in 1955, when Nelson Rockefeller encouraged Picasso to repaint the work that was drawing the world’s attention to itself for its strong emotional appeal and spoke out against the devastating effects of war, any war!”