Rethinking Guernica is a website which compiles and presents materials on Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, the painting, which currently hangs inside the Museo Reina Sofía, the artist produced for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair of 1937. Through collaborations between different professionals, the page has been developed by the Museo Reina Sofía’s Collections Area — via research conducted over more than two years — Restoration Department and Virtual Programmes Department.
Rethinking Guernica, conceived as an archive of archives and comprising some 2,000 documents from 120 public and private archives, institutions and national and international agents, is an open tool of knowledge which will constantly evolve and progressively grow with new documents.
Holding a prominent place on the website is the Gigapixel Guernica study. Through the latest technology applied to the knowledge, analysis and conservation of artistic heritage, the study groups and manages a vast number of images taken of the painting – for instance, the pictorial surface, the back of the work, the stretcher — to provide information on Guernica’s state of conservation, how it came into being, and Picasso’s technique.