Guernica is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed in June 1937 at his home in Paris. Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War. Standing at 3.49 meters tall and 7.76 meters wide, the large mural shows the suffering of people wrenched by violence and chaos. Prominent in the composition are a gored horse, a bull, and flames.
Madrid is currently housing one of the most fascinating exhibitions of our time. The Reina Sofia national museum in its ‘Pity and Terror’ exposition showcases the history behind the famous Guernica. And now in addition to contemplating this masterpiece and its grandeur, you will also be able to learn about the motivation and reasons that inspired Picasso to complete this painting.
Come and admire one of the most enigmatic artwork of our times. Politics, tragedy and beyond all art – all blend together to illustrate and represent a piece of the history of Spain.