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Picasso's Guernica - Gernica

Most people associate Guernica with the painting by Picasso which has become one of the worlds most known antiwar symbols and also a symbol for Basque nationalism.

Picasso had been asked to make a large mural for the World Exposition in Paris and had been lacking inspiration for it when the bombing of Guernica took place on the 26th of April 1937

Guernica the small Spanish town in the Basque province was bombed by the German Luftwaffe Condor Legion April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War.

By May 1st, the news about the massacre at Guernica reaches Paris, where more than a million people protest against it in the largest May Day demonstration ever in Paris.

Picasso finally finds the subject for his painting.

3 months later the mural is ready and delivered o the Spanish Pavillion at the Expo in Paris.

The original is today at Reina Sofía, Spain's national museum of modern art. The one you can see in the panorama is a ceramic copy in Guernica.

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