In 1953 Guernica’s great artwork from the MoMA of New York, where it had been kept since 1939, was exhibited at Palazzo Reale for the first time. The operation was made by Picasso’s own will, who found his natural frame in the Caryatids Hall still marked by the bombing. Seventy years later, to celebrate the moment which marked the history of Italian art and the history of Palazzo Reale as an exhibition venue, the artist Ercole Pignatelli reinterpreted Guernica, as a performance key, painting for twelve days, with his now famous gestural painting, a canvas of the same size. The intervention gives back emotions and thoughts that the masterpiece has aroused in the still 18 years old artist, filtered through the experience and the knowledgeable hand of his 88 years old.  

The exhibition & performance is realized with the support of  Fondazione Banca del Monte.


An exhibition by the Municipality of Milan - Culture Area | Palazzo Reale.

Opening Times

Tuesday - Sunday 10-19.30.
Thursdays closing time at 22.30.
Last admission one hour before closing time.

Closed on Mondays


Free entrance

Info and Booking

Access to the exhibition-performance is from the staircase of Arengario in Piazza Duomo.

Free admission until reaching of the spaces capacity.
No reservation is required for individuals, schools or groups.

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