Picasso’s symbol of peace

  • Pablo Picasso’s Colombe au Soleil is on display at the Bermuda National Gallery

    Pablo Picasso’s Colombe au Soleil is on display at the Bermuda National Gallery

A lithograph by world-renowned artist and sculptor Pablo Picasso is on display at the Bermuda National Gallery.

This is the first time the gallery is exhibiting a work by Picasso, who is viewed as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

It was made possible thanks to a donation from Hamilton Princess and Beach Club owners the Green family.

The 1962 lithograph, Colombe au Soleil (Dove with Sun), is part of The Power of Art exhibition, and is in recognition of International Peace Day. It serves as a “potent reminder that the journey to global peace is ongoing”, a gallery statement said.

The artwork depicts a dove flying towards the sun above a pile of broken weapons. Picasso created it for an advertisement for the World Congress for Disarmament and Peace held in Moscow in 1962; the dove is an icon of peace, a symbol of resilience and triumph over violence, especially in times of war and conflict.

The piece will be on display for a limited period, from Thursday until Saturday, September 30.

BNG executive director Lisa Howie said: “Picasso was an artistic genius. His contribution to the modern art movement and his inspiration for artists and art-enthusiasts the world over is, perhaps, impossible to measure.

“Bermuda National Gallery is grateful for this temporary loan from the Green family, whose fine contemporary art collection is on view at Hamilton Princess.

“Working together with the Greens, we have been able to feature the artwork of Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey and now Pablo Picasso — this is remarkable.”

Ms Howie added that, in the spirit of Peace Day, the gallery will be free of charge for three days from Thursday.

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Published Sep 19, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 6:29 am)

Picasso’s symbol of peace

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