Picasso’s Guernica Needs Special Care Say Curators

ent-picasso.jpgMADRID ~ Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica is in a “stable but serious” condition, Spanish art experts told El Pais newspaper.

The painting had “suffered a lot and so needs special care”, said the head of restoration at the museum Jorge Garcia Gomez-Tejedor.

Curators from Madrid’s contemporary art museum, Reina Sofia, were giving their initial conclusions after the first detailed examination of the iconic black and white painting in 10 years.

The canvas would not however be restored again, said Garcia Gomez-Tejedor, as this would risk damaging it even further.

The painting records the destruction of the Basque village Guernica by Nazi warplanes in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.

The canvas mixes stark images of suffering humans and animals to depict the emotional horror of the bombings.

The painting has travelled the world and was for a long time was on show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where it was first restored, before arriving at Madrid’s Prado museum and then the Reina Sofia in 1992.

The Spanish government frequently cites the fragility of the painting to justify its refusal to move the work to Guernica, in the Basque Country – or to the Guggenheim Museum in the Basque city of Bilbao.

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