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Salud—Picasso speaking
Guernica and the war in the cities
September 15, 2022–January 14, 2023

Gallery opening : September 14, 6 p.m.

urbaner kulturen station

Ring Auerbacher 41

12619Berlin
Germany

Artists: Mikhail Lylov and Dana Kavelina, with David Riff and Guglielmo Piva, Eran Schaerf

Salud—Picasso Speaking: Guernica and the war in the cities revisits the traces and threads of (art) histories associated with Pablo Picasso and links them to current conflicts.

There was an international war raging in Europe, to which the Franco-Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso responded with his monumental painting Guernica in 1937. Picasso’s famous Dove of Peace, which Bertolt Brecht used, without asking, on the theater curtain of the Berliner Ensemble in 1953, followed later. Despite his doves of peace, the authorities of the GDR remained suspicious of the “formalist” Picasso. The theater curtain remained in use until 1993 and was recently reused during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Some of these stories have recently been revisited in the exceptional exhibition The Divided Picasso at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The exhibition also referred to the traveling exhibition of the NGBK (since 2012 nGbK) Art and politics: the example of Guernica. Picasso and the Spanish Civil War from 1975 which was presented in many West German schools, cultural centers and even at the Venice Biennale. The show was illustrated by a WDR television report in which teenagers from a comprehensive school in Essen spoke about their dreams of a more peaceful future. The NGBK’s “didactic exhibition” criticized the war crimes of the German army (ger. Wehrmacht) and analytically dissected Picasso’s panoramic painting Guernica into meaningful individual parts. In doing so, the West Berlin artistic left showed that its association with the GDR went beyond the geography of the NGBK’s location on the Kreuzberg border with East Berlin.

The title of the exhibition quotes Picasso as he picked up the phone in his symbolic role as director of the Prado Museum to address the Second American Artists’ Congress (AAC) in New York in December 1937, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. . He continues his speech by demanding solidarity with the international resistance to Franco, Hitler and Mussolini. In 1939, the AAC succeeded in bringing Guernica in New York to raise funds to help Spanish refugees. After further travels, the painting ended up in MoMA until it returned to democratic Spain in 1981.

The artist, who had fled from Franco’s fascism and had long been stateless and without legal rights in France, joined the Communist Party in 1944. In exile, Picasso maintained ties with the illegal Spanish CP and donated large sums of money to his comrades. Although the artist rarely leaves his various studios after 1945, he is regularly present at the peace congresses in Rome, Moscow and Sheffield. However, the “Divided Picasso” never traveled to the successor states that had formed after the dismantling of the German Reich.

Hi-Picasso speaks: Guernica and the war in the cities brings together materials and stories in an exhibition on an exhibition on exhibitions and books. Berlin-based German-Israeli artist Eran Schaerf will reflect on the Cologne exhibition he curated with Julia Friedrich (formerly curator at Museum Ludwig, now Jewish Museum Berlin). The Hellersdorf exhibition will also delve into Picasso’s equally unique and ambivalent role as a global artist around whom an industry of posthumous exploitation thrives. Berlin-based Russian artist Mikhail Lylov and Ukrainian artist Dana Kavelina will devote a sound work to this issue, in collaboration with David Riff and Guglielmo Piva.

Artistic contributions: Mikhail Lylov and Dana Kavelina with David Riff and Guglielmo Piva, Eran Schaerf

Exhibition design: Madeleine Stober

nGbK project group: Juan Camilo Alfonso, Jochen Becker, Eva Hertzsch, Margarete Kiss, Constanze Musterer, Adam Page, Ralf Wedekind

station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf is part of Urbane Praxis.
Funded by LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Partner of Berlin Art Week

Press contacts:
Anna Schanowski, =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);});return false”>press [​at​] ngbk.de

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