Picasso’s Guernica and Guilty Consciences over Iraq in 2003?

I found this little snippet in the ‘View from the Bridge’ column in Lobster 45, published in summer, 2003.

Not in Front of the Children

When Colin Powell addressed the UN on the issue of Iraq in early February, UN officials hung a curtain over a reproduction of Picasso’s Guernica which hung on the wall behind the spot where statements are made to the press.

‘Guernica’, is of course, Picasso’s bitter depiction of the destruction of the Basque city of that name by Fascist forces under General Franco during the Spanish Civil War. It is rightly one of the most celebrated portrayals of Fascist brutality. And clearly, it made Powell uncomfortable when describing the allies’ invasion of Iraq.

Lobster is on the web at http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/. They do have an archive of past issues, but unfortunately they’re only free from issue 56 onwards.

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