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Sánchez Arcas, the friend and guide of Picasso and Eluard in the Congress for Peace

Manuel Sánchez Arcas (1897-1970) was a very active architect during the 1920s and 1930s, and a man committed towards the republican cause. He was considered to be one of the maximum components of the Madrid functionalist rationalism, a follower of Gropius, sub-secretary of Propaganda with the government of the republican president Juan Negrín, during the Civil War, Sánchez Arcas was responsible for taking care of the defence of the monuments of Madrid. A friend of Picasso, Pablo Neruda and Rafael Alberti, the architect, like so many other intellectuals, had to go into exile, because of the republican defeat, first to ...

Massacre in Korea, the Guernica of the Cold War

In the middle of a desolate landscape, with the ruins of destroyed buildings in the background, the drama of war against the civilian population: six soldiers are about to shoot a group of women and children. The military is portrayed as heartless robots, half-dressed with pieces of metal and helmets, while the innocent victims, naked, devoid of any dignity, desperately awaiting the fatal moment. Only a very small boy, who is unaware of the danger of what is happening, is playing in a carefree way on the ground. One of the women - the one on the far right - ...

Encounter with Picasso’s poet friends

In which way can you relate the verses of two so different poets as Jacint Verdaguer and Rafael Alberti, with Picasso? This and other questions emerged in the symposium Au rendez-vous des poètes a Catalunya, which took place on 28th November in the museum within the framework of the exhibition Picasso poet. The poets were the authentic protagonists of this encounter of experts from various disciplines, who analysed throughout a whole day the poetic complicities of Picasso. The symposium posed more questions than answers. Throughout the day, numerous "new windows" were opened in this relation between poetry and Picasso, as Jèssica ...

And for the power of the word, freedom

“And for the power of a word I begin my life again I have only been born to know you To call you Freedom” A cry of freedom rose above the sky of the Pati Finestres of the Museu Picasso in the continual reading of the poem Freedom, by Paul Eluard, on 16th November, in which personalities from the world of culture participated, but also bystanders and visitors to the museum who wanted to add anonymously to an event, open to everyone and that lasted 10 hours. One hundred and thirty people read in several languages - the original French, Catalan, Spanish, English, Russian, Turkish, ...

Paul Eluard and Picasso, passion for poetry

Often painters write poetry and are friends of poets. For Picasso it was clear that painting and poetry were united. "After all...all arts are just one. You can write a painting with words, just as you can paint sensations in a poem". The intense relation of Picasso with poetry and writing, which had already begun when as an adolescent he would write letters to his family in the form of a diary, is the theme for this autumn and winter in the Museu Picasso, which it aims to explore in an in-depth way in two simultaneous exhibitions and various activities. ...