October 17, 1995 in Nation/World

Officials To Take Shield Off ‘Guernica’

Associated Press

After keeping it behind reinforced glass for 14 years for fear of a politically motivated attack, officials plan to remove the shield protecting Picasso’s “Guernica.”

A spokesman for the Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum was quoted as saying Monday that “Guernica” will be transferred to another floor and put on display without the glass.

“No other painting in the Reina Sofia is protected, and neither does the ‘Guernica’ need to be,” museum director Jose Guirao was quoted as saying in the El Mundo newspaper.

“It is only fitting … given that the quarrels between the two Spains are over with now,” he said, referring to the 1936-39 civil war.

“Guernica,” painted in 1937, depicts the horrors suffered by a Spanish Basque town of that name during the civil war. Picasso stipulated that the painting could only be returned to Spain when civil liberties, suspended by Gen. Francisco Franco after the war, were restored.

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