Exhibition of anti-war art opens at Warsaw's Museum on the Vistula

Picasso's 1937 work 'Guernica' is the main inspiration for the show, which starts from the 1920s and anti-war art inspired by the First World War. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

From Friday, the Museum on the Vistula in Warsaw will be showing an exhibition entitled 'Never again. Art against war and Fascism in the 20th and 21st centuries,' themed around Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica.'

The exhibition also features work by Wilhelm Sasnal, Alina Szapocznikow and Wojciech Fangor, among others.

Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art, of which the Museum on the Vistula is part, described the show as "a big, transversal exhibition" related to the 80th anniversary of World War II's outbreak. "We decided to remind people of the somewhat forgotten, dust-covered, long tradition of anti-war art," she said.

Picasso's 1937 work 'Guernica' is the main inspiration for the show, which starts from the 1920s and anti-war art inspired by the First World War.

"We focus strongly on the 1930s, when a certain style of anti-war art established itself," Mytkowska explained. "Later, in the 50's in Poland, the 'Arsenal' exhibition of 1955, when that art had a rather different narrative, and on the contemporary. At the same time we signal that certain archetypes, the anti-war engagement of artists, already has a tradition of a hundred years."