Guernica (Tapestry after 'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso)
The “Guernica” tapestry was commissioned in 1955 by Nelson A. Rockefeller. The piece was done after the original painting by Pablo Picasso and woven by Atelier J. de la Baume-Durrbach, in the Department of Var in Southern France, under the artist’s supervision.
The tapestry was unveiled on the wall outside the Security Council Chamber on 13 September of 1985 during the ceremony, the Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar accepted the loan on behalf of the United Nations. Mrs. Rockefeller and members of her family were present.
The original “Guernica”, a grey, white and black painting evocating the horrors of war, was unveiled in 1937. The piece was named after the Basque town bombed during the Spanish Civil War. “Guernica is a timeless, universal symbol, vilifying the implacable and criminal destruction of war, and opening artistic debate on the representation of armed conflict”.
The original painting is on display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.