12 OCTOBER 2007 / Kids’ Guernica exhibition

From October 18-21, the Kids’ Guernica exhibition will be hosted at Zappeion-Athens. The exhibition has been cofunded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Kids’ Guernica is a worldwide movement, initiated in Greece by the poiein kai prattein (to create and to do) not-for-profit-organization, in which children around the world create peace paintings on large-scale canvases the same size as that of Pablo Picasso/s Guernica.

The murals to be displayed this year will contain peace messages from children living in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, N. Ireland (Belfast), Martinique, India, New Zealand, Japan, USA (Chicago) and Greece. The Kids’ Guernica project was initiated by the Art Japan Network in 1995, the year of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 70 paintings have been completed for the project in over 30 countries.  The ECCM (Network for the European Capitals of Culture and Cultural Months) Symposiumon “Productivity of Culture” will also take place in Zappeion at the same time as the Kids’ 

Guernica exhibition.