UN removes Picasso’s Guernica from New York HQ after 35 years

Picasso's Guernica

THE United Nations has removed the tapestry of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ after 35 years hanging at its headquarters in New York.

The reproduction of the work has been requested back by its owner, the son of former US Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller.
The reproduction of the iconic antiwar work of art had been loaned to the UN by the family. His son informed the UN that they wanted the tapestry back.
“We thank the Rockefeller family for having loaned this powerful and iconic work of art for more than 35 years” a United Nations spokesperson said in a statement.
A symbol of the horror of war, the tapestry was hung in 1985. The reproduction was made under the supervision of Picasso himself in the workshop of J. de la Baume Dürrbach, in southern France. The Rockefeller family commissioned the tapestry after Picasso refused to sell them the original. It was located outside the Security Council meeting room.
Picasso painted the original piece, in stark black and grey tones, in 1937. It depicts the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War which killed hundreds of people and destroyed much of the city’s historic architecture.
The original artwork, which is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful anti-war paintings, is on display at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Options will now be considered for a replacement to put in place of the tapestry.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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