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The Making of Picasso’s Guernica on Display at Trent University


Free exhibit runs October 30 to November 10, 2006
in the Bata Library, second floor atrium

October 24, 2006, Peterborough

Members of the community are invited to enjoy a free new exhibition featuring the story behind Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica painting that will be on display at Bata Library from October 30 until November 10, 2006. 

Considered one of the twentieth century’s most compelling works of art, this multimedia presentation explores the history of the painting and the global impact of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

The original Guernica is a massive monochromatic black and white mural rendered in the Cubist style.  Inspired by the devastating aerial attack on the Basque city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, it is arguably Picasso’s most well-known work.  Guernica symbolizes the brutality and agony of war and is the culmination of Picasso’s artistic styles and forms of the 1930s.

This exhibition was developed by the Spanish Embassy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War.  This exhibit is coming to Trent University thanks to the efforts of Professor Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez from the History Department and Marisa Scigliano of Bata Library. 

“The Spanish Civil War was an event that galvanized world politics, including Canada’s,” stated Prof. Cazorla-Sanchez when asked about the exhibits contemporary significance.  “Picasso’s painting was a symbol of the horrors of fascism, aerial bombing and a premonition of what was to come during World War II.”

The exhibit comprises 26 text and image panels outlining the history of the Guernica’s creation, a large reproduction of the painting, and a video.  Material from Bata Library’s collection related to Picasso and modern Spanish history will also be on display. 

The exhibition is available for public viewing during the Bata Library’s regular operating hours which are: Mondays to Thursdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The Bata Library is located on the Symons Campus of Trent University at 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario.

On November 9, 2006 at 8 p.m., there will be a finissage (closing ceremony) for the exhibition in Bata Library.  This event features poetry, music, open discourse about the painting and the Spanish Civil War, and refreshments.  Members of the community are invited to attend this free event.


For further information, please contact:

Prof. Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez
History Department
Trent University
Tel:  (705) 748-1011, ext. 5096