Monday, February 10, 2003

Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" censored at U.N.

"Artist Mark Vallen wrote the following on February 5, 2003, just weeks before the US attacked and occupied Iraq. Vallen penned his article on the day US Secretary of State Colin Powell had appeared at the UN to argue Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction and needed to be disarmed by force."
The censoring of Piccaso's mural is illustrative of art's immense power. It is a civilizing force that erases national boundaries and strengthens human solidarity. In particular Piccaso's masterwork continues to aim a laserbeam focus on the madness and inhumanity of war, a message that transcends the barbarity suffered by a small Basque village in 1937. As Piccaso himself once said, "Art is a lie that tells the truth." The artist's profound mural still speaks the truth to the people of the world, so much so that the powerful feel compelled to censor it.

Read his full essay here, at Art for a Change

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