Sidney Janis's letter to the Motion Pictures Artists' Committee
Sidney Janis, the director of the Organising Committee for the exhibition Guernica by Picasso for the Spanish Refugee Relief Campaign, writes to the Motion Pictures Artists' Committee, an organisation founded in 1937 to fight against fascism and support the Republican cause, to express his enthusiasm over the decision to take the Guernica charity exhibition to Hollywood. He notifies them of the need to pay 2,000 dollars in advance, besides the delivery and insurance expenses, which will be borne by the humanitarian organisations the Medical Bureau and the North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy, and reminds them of the need for a large hall to house the canvas and 63 studies. Moreover, he suggests holding a private unveiling after already verbally agreeing on participation with Ralph Bates, the British novelist who fought for the Republican cause.
Courtesy Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York