The session about Contra el Guernica (Against Guernica) by Antonio Saura, was masterfully led by Antoni Marí, poet, essayist, and Professor of Aesthetics.
Based on the observations and facts from the prologue of Félix d’Azúa, Marí takes us back to the 1930s, when Picasso conceived his most well-known work (a hybrid of personal experience, fears and intimate desires and a commitment with the Republic), and to the 1980s, when El Guernica finally returned to Spain.
Guernica. Pablo Picasso, 1937. Oil on canvas. Museo Reina Sofía
The text of Saura, a sort of political hymn, connected both with surrealism, which was the context in which Picasso painted, as well as with the pamphlet, with an irony and criticism that was necessary at that time (the first steps of democracy) and also nowadays (a crisis, ours, which, as Marí said, is epistemological and post-Francoist).
In January we will continue with La gran novel·la sobre Barcelona (The Great Novel of Barcelona), by Sergi Pàmies, with the presence of the writer himself.
New Season of the Reading Club