You can now take a selfie with Picasso's Guernica — but don't dawdle...

(Image credit: Alamy)

After more than 30 years, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, Spain, has lifted the ban on people taking photos in front of Picasso’s Guernica. Since 1981, when it was moved from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to its new home in Spain, people have only been able to marvel at the large-scale political symbol in person. Following the easing of restrictions visitors will now be able to capture the marvel, and perhaps themselves, in full glory. 

The camera ban was lifted by the museum’s new director Manuel Segade, who is confident the new rules will reduce the amount of time people spend viewing the picture, making it possible for even more people to enjoy it. According to a museum spokesperson, no selfie sticks, tripods, or flash photography is allowed but any device – from a camera phone to a mirrorless camera – can be used. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.