“Guernica” Picasso…from a memory of war and destruction to an icon of joy

“Guernica” Picasso…from a memory of war and destruction to an icon of joy

Sunday – 7 Shawwal 1443 AH – 08 May 2022 AD Issue No. [

Imitation of Guernica in the painting “The Joy of Eid” by Ghada Al-Rabee

Dammam: Iman Al-Khattaf

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s painting “Guernica” has always been associated with war and destruction, and it is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Picasso immortalized the memory of the victims of Guernica who died as a result of the bombing of Germany’s planes in 1937, but this pain-filled painting made him an icon For Joy, through two works that mimic the masterpiece. Picasso’s work, which I featured in the “Eid and Judaism” exhibition at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran.
Enchanting painting witnessing the disaster was not traditional with colors and brushes, as Ghada Al-Rabeeh used candy and chocolate wrappers and all things joy and sweet moments, an artistic trend created by the artist. ‘artist, through which she was able to create surprise in the eye of the recipient, so much he persists in front of her works full of unrelated ingredients, familiar in the world of fine art.
Al-Rabee’ spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat, saying, “Many of my works are a modification of world famous paintings, so I make Arabic works out of them with my own philosophy.” She adds: “There are many tragedies, wars and famines in the world, and this thing touched me, especially after looking at Picasso’s painting (Guernica), where I contemplated it, and I felt that the world was still full of what it contained. From Picasso’s time until today, nothing has changed, despite the enormous global development on the Until now, there is still the poverty, hunger and wars.Al-Rabeeh sees that his works are like the artist’s dream that these disasters will one day end in the world, and all of this will change from misery to joy and holidays, indicating that she has imitated the painting “Guernica” in two works; The first is about Eid al-Fitr and she calls it “The Joy of Eid” and the second is about Eid al-Adha, which she calls “Labbaik.” She says both of these jobs took her about a year.
Al-Rabeeh is technically inclined to use candy wrappers in all his works, from nylon, tin, cardboard, etc. However, Spring made it a major component of his work, saying “I created designs with candy and chocolate wrappers”.
The Saudi artist does not prefer to give the name “collage” to these works, saying: “I called this art (koga), because (collage) was associated with magazine paper, and it is an easy art which depends entirely on the paper, whereas the difficulty of (koga) lies in the fact that these materials are different from Some of them are not easy to manage,” she said, noting that a number many masters and doctoral students have conducted their research and theses on his work, given his technical singularity.
The question comes: Where did Ghada Al-Rabeeh get the idea to turn candy wrappers into works of art? She explains that her beginnings were as a traditional visual artist, and in 2010 she was visiting a major art event in Dubai, during which she saw multiple and modern artistic styles. do something new.
After that, Al-Rabeeh presented his first work, which went to America, and then presented his second work, which was not widely accepted by people because the idea did not seem to be understood by them, in saying, “It was considered a success experiment in my opinion, because it doubled my experience.”
Then Ghada Al-Rabeeh’s experimentations continued, reaching the stage of artistic maturity after heading to “Athar Gallery” in Jeddah. And 2013 was a turning point in the life of the artist Ghada Al-Rabea, when her works were presented for the first time in the annual exhibition “Athar Gallery” “Young Saudi Artists”, and in 2014 she took part at the inauguration “Al -Muallaqat” exhibition for the first edition of 21.39 “Jeddah Art”. She has also participated in international exhibitions in Kuwait, Dubai, Russia and America, and many of her works have been acquired locally and internationally.
Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ was not the only one to stop Ghada Al-Rabee, as it was preceded by a series of international classic paintings, as ‘Mona Lisa’ imitated Da Vinci, who dressed her in the old Hijazi outfit “L’interdit et le Round”, “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh, and “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” Johannes Vermeer, and Frida Kahlo dressed as a bride for the people of Medina, to transform her misery into happiness, saying: “I look for the joyful side of these works, and I try to make people smile when you see them.

– Eid and Tawad
The two paintings by artist Ghada Al-Rabee, inspired by Picasso’s “Guernica”, were presented at the “Eid and Judaism” exhibition, which is a research exhibition, as part of a list of interesting programs presented by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran during Eid celebrations, and it was attended by a large number of visitors to the center.Those who found it a valuable opportunity to nurture their artistic taste and to enjoy the holiday in an innovative way.
And the artist Ghada Al-Rabea, who aspires to exhibit one of his paintings at the Louvre Museum in Paris, says about this participation: “(Ithra) was built by Saudi hands and on Saudi lands, and yesterday was only a distant dream for me, but the opportunity to exhibit my work there is proof that I am on the right path, and to reach the world, I must first prove myself in my country .

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