Spain's most famous contemporary art museum prepared Friday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" being returned to Madrid.

According to the Museo Reina Sofía, the "Guernica" was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) in New York, until 35 years ago Saturday, when it was returned to Spain.

The painting was flown into Madrid on Sept. 10, 1981 and was displayed at the Museo del Prado classical art museum until it was sent to the Reina Sofía in 1992.

The cubist masterpiece, which depicts the 1937 bombing of Guernica, in the north of Spain, was commissioned by the Spanish Republican government and represented Spain in the 1937 Paris World Expo.

Picasso said the painting reflected "human's inconsistency having chosen violence."