IN April, The Herald published a letter by a Nelson Mandela Bay councillor, which expressed concern for the condition of the Keiskamma Guernica ("What has happened to the 'Keiskamma Guernica'?", April 24). It was said to be "languishing in a crate" at the Red Location Library, which was a "travesty" and the Guernica was "possibly subjected to attacks by insects during its 'storage'".
As was explained to the councillor, the Keiskamma Guernica had just returned from the Venice Biennale, where it was exhibited along with another major drawing, both focussing attention on the metro council's work in the Red Location Cultural Precinct in New Brighton to an international audience of more than a million viewers. This all at no cost to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
Guernica had been stored and transported in a special crate made by a firm of art movers and was returned to Port Elizabeth in this crate. It was allowed to remain in that crate because it was to journey to Cape Town, where it would be hung in an exhibition at the National Gallery.
This is now over and I am happy to include a photograph of Guernica at the National Gallery in Cape Town. This also was at no cost to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
Guernica was professionally moved to both Venice and Cape Town, is in good condition and is now possibly one of the Eastern Cape's most travelled major works of art.
Something to celebrate, I hope you agree?
Rory Riordan, Port Elizabeth