on September 22, 2005
After the disappointment of the Prado, some of our group was reluctant to go to another art gallery during our short trip, but five of us spent a Sunday morning at this amazing gallery and were very glad that we didn't miss it.
The main attraction here is “Guernica,” Picasso's famous mural depicting the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. This painting is huge and one of the most moving things I have ever seen, inspiring anger and terror at the brutal regime that blighted Spain's fairly recent history. Anyone who doubts the talent of Picasso and his Cubist style needs to see this to understand his genius.
There are some other gems here too by Picasso and Dali, including early work, proving that they can paint “properly” for anyone who doesn't like Cubism or Surrealism. Bunuel's “Un Chien Andalou” was also showing here when we visited, and the scene with eye and the razor is still one of the most powerful images ever put on screen.
It being a Sunday morning of a hen weekend, it is worth pointing out that we were feeling tired from the night before and the bride-to-be in particular was feeling a bit hungover, but the white walls and the cool air in the gallery proved to be soothing and modern art an unexpected hangover cure!
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