Guernica UN-shrouded


 Mix Media

 4.5 cm X 12.5 cm


Guernica, my studio, Picasso and flaming sword... Here Picasso's painting Guernica is a new symbol representing opposition to the Iraq war. The title "Guernica UN-shrouded" refers to the United Nation's questionable political practice of using a drape to cover and hide from public view at the UN their donated copy of Guernica, the greatest anti-war painting of the twentieth century. See the article entitled "The Lessons of Guernica" by William Walker which states "But as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell sat down last week to deliver an historic speech about why America must go to war with Iraq, Pablo Picasso's Guernica was concealed by a large blue drape. To twist an old axiom, those who ignore the horrors of history - or cover them up - are doomed to repeat them...A diplomat stated that it would not be an appropriate background if the ambassador of the United States at the U.N. John Negroponte, or Powell, talk about war surrounded with women, children and animals shouting with horror and showing the suffering of the bombings." Published Sunday, February 9, 2003 in the Toronto Star.