Even though I was no longer in Madrid, I spent the past few weeks continuing to research Guernica in terms of what it has inspired. After a visit to the library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I found several texts with essays on Guernica, I decided to turn to online news archives to see if Guernica was related to any current events.
After my time in Madrid, I returned home to New York, which was also the home of Guernica for some time.
On my last day in Madrid I made a visit to see Guernica to say farewell. As usual, two guards sat on either side of the painting and scolded museum patrons who got too close to the piece or tried to take pictures. During previous visits I was frustrated with the fact that photography is not allowed in the gallery where Guernica is held, especially since the rest of the museum is fair game. This visit I noticed that just outside the gallery, visitors were blatantly taking photographs of Picasso’s masterpiece within view of the guards. I approach one of the guards to ask if this was really allowed and she told me yes, as long as I was outside of Guernica‘s gallery. I asked why and she told me they didn’t want the gallery to be full of people taking pictures. At the time this made little sense to me as the entrance to the gallery was now full of people taking pictures, but I accepted her response and quickly found someone to take my picture in front of Guernica.
After 3 visits to the Reina Sofia to see Picasso´s Guernica, and countless hours at the libraries of the Reina Sofia and Prado Museums in Madrid, I have a large collection of resources to return home with.