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Pity and Terror

Picasso’s Path to Guernica

Catalogue Pity and Terror

Authors T. J. Clark, Marisa García Vergara, Jeremy Melius and Anne M. Wagner. Georges Bataille, Anthony Blunt, Carl Einstein, Michel Leiris, Herbert Read and Roland Penrose

The news of the bombardment of the Basque town of Guernica by German planes during the Spanish Civil War was the inspiration that set Picasso to work on Guernica, the picture that transcended the specific historical moment to wich it refers to become the great icon of the twentieth century.

In 2017 we commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the work's creation and the twenty-fifth anniversary of its arrival to the Museo Reina Sofía, with the organization of Pity and Terror: Picasso's Path to Guernica, a new exhibition of more than 170 pieces from the museum's own collection and from other institutions.

To coincide with the anniversary of Guernica, the Museo Reina Sofía is publishing two books that are the result of research carried out by the Collections Department. The first is the current volume, Pity and Terror: Picasso's Path to Guernica, while the second will examine Guernica's travels.

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  • Description:

    On the occasion of the exhibition Pity and Terror. Picasso’s Path to Guernica, the Museo Reina Sofía has edited a publication with essays by the curators T. J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner, as well as by Jeremy Melius and Marisa García Vergara. The volume also has a selection of texts translated and reprinted for the occasion, by authors like Carl Einstein, Georges Bataille, Anthony Blunt and Roland Penrose, among others. This publication is available in Spanish and English.195

  • Year: 2017
  • Type: Catalogue
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Format: 16,5 x 24 cm
  • Pages: 195
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-84-8026-552-2
  • NIPO: 036-17-014-1
  • Edited by: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía