A group of right-wing extremists burst into a Madrid art gallery late on Friday night (5 November) and destroyed 26 engravings and etchings by the Spanish-born painter Pablo Picasso.
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Background: A group of right-wing extremists burst into a Madrid art gallery late on Friday night (5 November) and destroyed 26 engravings and etchings by the Spanish-born painter Pablo Picasso. The works were valued at about 100 million pesetas (GBP600,000).
A spokesman for the Theo Art Gallery said the works were part of Picasso's "Suite Vollard" series on loan from the Galerie Knoedler in Paris. They formed part of the only exhibition of Picasso's work mounted in Madrid to commemorate the painter's 90th birthday last week.
SYNOPSIS: At an art gallery in Madrid on Friday night, right-wing extremists destroyed engravings and etchings by the Spanish born artist Pablo Picasso worth more than six hundred thousand pounds. They formed the only exhibition of Picasso's work in Madrid to commemorate the artist's 90th birthday last week, and were part of his "Suite Vollard" series on loan from the Galerie Knoedler in Paris.
A spokesman for the Theo Art Gallery said five youths entered the building armed with knives and bottles of acid. They threatened two people and then slashed at the engravings before splashing acid over the frames.
The youths distributed leaflets signed by the so-called Commandos of the Anti-Marxist Struggle which described Picasso as an enemy of Spain and a Communist. Picasso left Spain during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and has said he will never return to his homeland until a Spanish republic has been re-instituted. He has been a member of the French Communist Party for many years. A police spokesman said on Saturday that no arrests have yet been made following the vandalism. There was no official Government recognition of Picasso's birthday in Spain, although school-teachers were instructed to give classes on his life and work.