Between 1937 and 1992, Picasso’s Guernika moved 45 times through cities around the world. A traveling work that, after spending more than 20 years in the MOMA of New York, settled permanently in Spain in 1981. For a work of its dimensions -nearly 8 meters wide by 4 long- and its historical importance, They were easy transfers. The transfer of works of art is usually a complex and extremely delicate task in the case of works with years of antiquity. It requires a perfect conservation throughout the whole journey. And, for the transfer of paintings, special packaging and custom boxes are needed so that they suffer as little as possible.
Picasso’s Guernica Tours
The first output of the painting, commissioned by the Spanish government of the Second Republic, went to the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937. Given its size, each time the work moved, it had to be carefully wrapped and protected. A year later, Picasso’s Guernika toured Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. During the Civil War, he traveled through cities in the United Kingdom to raise funds for Spanish refugees. After his European journey and ended the Spanish struggle, Picasso decided that the work was in deposit in the MOMA. During his American stay he traveled throughout the United States, with European incursions to Milan in 1953 or to Brazil months later.
Your final residence
Finally, after the Franco dictatorship, in 1981, Picasso’s Guernika moved to Spain. At present, the work is exhibited permanently in the Reina Sofía Museum. Next to it, different preparatory sketches of the different phases of the painting are exhibited.
For this type of transfers, it is best to have the services of a company specialized in transfers of works of art such as Mudanzas Lidon.