An exhibition of works by the Spanish-born artist Pablo Picasso opened in Barcelona yesterday (Friday, 18 December) without any officials being invited.
An exhibition of works by the Spanish-born artist Pablo Picasso opened in Barcelona yesterday (Friday, 18 December) without any officials being invited. The artist banned their participation in the opening as a protest against the Burgos trial of 16 alleged Basque nationalist guerrillas.
The 89-year-old painter -- perhaps the richest of all time - has long been a critic of the Franco regime. In a letter before the opening of the Barcelona exhibition he said that the works which he had donated to the city would go on show without ceremony.
The letter was read out to about 300 Catalan artists and intellectuals who staged a sit-in in Montserrat Abbey, near Barcelona, last weekend to protest against the Burgos trial.
Picasso, who became a Communist Party member in 1944, has never returned to his native Spain since Generalissimo Franco won the civil was there more than thirty years ago.
Last march the artist presented 900 of his early works to Barcelona, where he spent most of his youth. The pictures range from the conventional to cubism and include several from his "Blue Period". Many of them were painted while he was still a boy.