Guernica is a famous painting by Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor, between May and June of 1937. Its title refers to the bombing of Guernica, which occurred on April 26 of that year, during the Spanish Civil War. This painting was done by Picasso on behalf of the General Director of Bellas Artes, Josep Renau at the request of the Government of the Second Spanish Republic, to be exhibited in the Spanish pavilion during the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, in order to attract the attention of the public towards the republican cause in the middle of the Spanish Civil War.
80º Aniversary of Guernica in the Reina Sofía Museum
The masterpiece of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso will be throughout 2017 one of the main focus of attention if the Reina Sofía Museum, as it celebrates its 80th anniversary of creation. That is why they have prepared the exhibition “Piedad y terror en Picasso”, with which they also want to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the symbolic painting to this Museum.
For more information about the exhibition Piedad y terror en Picasso you can visit the Museum website, where you will find all the details.
Other temporary exhibitions in the Reina Sofía Museum
In addition to Guernica, other 150 paintings by Picasso from more than 30 institutions around the world will be available at the Museum, which will offer in this year another 15 temporary exhibitions, among which will be “Es todo cierto (It’s all true)“, a retrospective of more than 250 works by Bruce Conner, one of the artistic references of the American postwar period.
It will also be possible to see for the first time in Spain an anthology of the German Franz Erhard Walther, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński will also be present on behalf of the Central European avant-garde, as other Spanish artists such as Esther Ferrer or Antoni Tàpies, thanks to a deposit by the gallery owner Soledad Lorenzo.
Reina Sofía Museum opnening hours
➜ From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21: 00h (free entrance between 19:00h and 21: 00h).
➜ Sundays from 10:00 to 19: 00h (free entrance from 13:30 to 19: 00h).
➜ Closes on Tuesdays.