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Edinburgh airport flip-flops on Picasso nude

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-09

Edinburgh Airport was forced into a climb down Wednesday over a decision to cover up a poster of Pablo Picasso's "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair” after passenger complaints, only for it to be uncovered again due to objections from the art gallery.

AFP - Edinburgh Airport was forced on Wednesday to backtrack on its decision to cover a poster of a famous Picasso nude, which some passengers had deemed too risque.

The poster hanging at the airport's terminal, featuring the Spanish master's curvaceous "Nude Woman In a Red Armchair", was promoting an exhibition at the Scottish Museum of Modern Art.

The airport covered it with white vinyl on Tuesday after saying it had received several complaints from passengers.

But it was forced to put it back on display a day later after the move sparked a volley of online criticism and was branded "bizarre" by the gallery.

"All kinds of images of women in various states of dress and undress can be used in contemporary advertising without comment," said John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland.

"But somehow a painted nude by one of the world's most famous artists is found to be disturbing and has to be removed," he added.

An Edinburgh Airport spokeswoman said the initial decision to cover the poster was "a reaction to passenger feedback, which we do always take seriously".

"On reflection we are more than happy to display the image in the terminal and we'd like to apologise – particularly to the exhibition organizers – for the confusion," she said.

The Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition runs at the gallery until November 4.

 

Date created : 2012-08-09

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