Robert Rosenblum, professor at The University of New York, published a theory that “the 1884 Malaga earthquake was the inspiration for Picasso to create the moving work 'Guernica''. The theory was not taken up by other art specialists. However the origins of the artist and one of his most emblematic paintings will cross paths with the new exhibition at Picasso's birth place from 24 October until 21 January next year. “The exhibition aims to bring a new approach to 'Guernica' on the 80th anniversary of both the bombing of the Basque village and Picasso's painting” said a representative from the museum.
The exhibition which is entitled 'Guernica y otros Disastres' includes engravings from the 17th century, with works by Goya, Picasso and Oteiza, culminating in the contemporary art of Javier Arce and José Manuel Ballester.
“The horrors of the war, with its abuses on the civil population symbolised by the Picassian mural, has its roots in two series of engravings that are on display, 'Les Miseres et les mal-heurs de la guerre' (1633) by Jacques Callot, and 'Disasters of War' (1810-1815) by Francisco de Goya. The very intense work of Picasso, 'Sueño y mentira de Franco' (1937), constitutes the most forceful contribution of Picasso to the propaganda effort of war,” explains the report on the project that starts next week in the Plaza de la Merced.