Yesterday Chicago celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s gift to the city, a monumental sculpture known as the Chicago Picasso.
The celebration took place on the same day as President Trump threatened the world with fire and fury in his war of words with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
These are terrifying times.
Picasso created so many memorable images. The images and objects made him arguably the greatest artist of the 20th Century.
And always there were his images of peace and protest.
He painted Guernica to protest the fascist bombing of civilians in the Spanish Civil War.
In 1949 he painted his first version of his iconic peace doves, a poster for the first international peace congress held in Paris.
The “Dove of Peace” that Picasso created for the 1949 Paris Peace Conference soon caught on world-wide. It become a symbol for the peace movement, the Communist Party (in those years Picasso was a communist), and other liberal groups.
In the years that followed, Picasso agreed to create other peace doves for conferences across Europe.
It seems it is time to display the peace dove again.
Now more than ever.