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Dreams and Lies - Picasso prints from the collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Picasso’s portfolio Dreams and Lies of Franco is an extraordinary document of the artist’s political and personal reaction to the Spanish Civil War. Published by Picasso in 1937 and sold in aid of the Spanish Republican cause at the Paris World Fair, where the painting Guernica was first exhibited, each print lampoons Franco and expresses anger at the repression and violent acts of his regime. A set of rare progress proofs for one of the prints shows how the artist added extra scenes in direct response to Franco’s bombing of Guernica. Other prints on display from the 1930s include Picasso’s masterpiece, La Minotauromachie, complemented by works from earlier and later in his career that similarly reveal the essence of his statement that ‘Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.’

Tue 7 October 2008 to Sun 8 February 2009
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)