PICASSO, GUERNICA. - Exhibition from March 27 to July 29. 2018. - Musée national Picasso-Paris.

From 27 March to 29 July 2018 - Musée national Picasso-Paris.

  • Azzawi, The Sabra and Shatila Massacres.

    We are not seen but Corpses (The Sabra and Chatila Massacres), 1983. Portfolio of 9 original Prints, signed and numbered by the artist, 100 x 75 cm. Extract from Jean Genet, Four Hours at Chatila. Edition limited to 60 copies. © Dia Al-Azzawi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

- Exhibition from March 27 to July 29. 2018.
- Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Following the 80th anniver­sary of the cre­ation of the work, the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in part­ner­ship with the National Museum Reina Sofía Art Center, pre­sents an exhi­bi­tion about Guernica, mas­ter­piece of Pablo Picasso. The anti-Franco, anti-fas­cist and paci­fist symbol, which is one of the most famous paint­ings in the world, was pre­served in 1981 to Madrid where it is now per­ma­nently dis­played. Thanks to an excep­tional col­lec­tion of sketches and archives, the exhi­bi­tion pro­poses a lesson on the his­tory of Guernica and clar­i­fies ques­tions about Picasso’s polit­ical engage­ment.

In response to Guernica, the Musée national Picasso-Paris will also dis­play a selec­tion of works by inter­na­tional artists inspired by Picasso’s example, amongst which Dia Al-Azzawi, the Iraqi artist who has been living in London since 1976 and who was dev­as­tated in September 1982 by the mas­sacre of civilian Palestinians in the camps of Sabra and Shatila.

« With Guernica, Picasso insti­gated a turning-point in my art and in all the his­tory of art, he suc­ceeded in inventing sym­bols that are simple and expres­sive, his­tor­ical and uni­versal, a style fit to our human and moral values of rejecting any use of vio­lence against civil­ians, that cannot be jus­ti­fied by any ide­ology or polit­ical regime. ». (Dia Al-Azzawi, 21.01.2018. Translated from Arabic by Claude Lemand)

Translated from French by Valérie Didier Hess.

Collection Claude & France Lemand.



- Pablo Picasso, Study for Guernica (Head of horse), Paris, 2 May 1937. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Photo © Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. © Succession Picasso 2018.

- Dia Al-Azzawi, We are not seen but Corpses. The Sabra and Shatila Massacres, London, 1983. Portfolio of 8 etch­ings and 1 lithog­raphy on paper, 100 x 75 cm. Signed and num­bered by the artist, in a lim­ited edi­tion of 60 copies. Collection Claude & France Lemand. Photo © Dia Al-Azzawi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

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