24 Jul 2020
Modern art icons to DIY placards, the aesthetics of protest show how creativity can exact important change.
It’s January 1937 and Pablo Picasso has been commissioned to create a mural for the Spanish pavilion at Paris’s Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne; that year’s edition of the extravagant World’s Fair expositions that were transforming cityscapes around the world.
Tentatively the Spanish modern art great would potter away the next few months, unemotionally working on a series of sketches. This was until 26 April, 1937, when news filtered through that Nazi Germany and Fas...