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Edinburgh airport reverses decision on censoring Picasso poster

August 09, 2012|By David Ng
  • Pablo Picasso's "'Nude Woman in a Red Armchair." An airport in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reversed its decision to cover up a poster of the painting.
Pablo Picasso's "'Nude Woman in a Red Armchair."… (Carl Court / AFP/Getty Images )

An airport in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reversed its decision to cover up portions of an art poster that depicts Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair."

The poster appeared at the airport as part of an advertisement for the show "Picasso and Modern British Art," which is running at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Following a handful of complaints from travelers, the airport decided to cover up the image with a white sheet, according to a report in the Edinburgh Evening News.

But the airport reversed its decision earlier this week. A spokesman for the airport said in a statement sent to the BBC News that "on reflection we are more than happy to display the image in the terminal and we'd like to apologise, particularly to the exhibition organisers, for the confusion."

The exhibition, organized by the Tate Britain, will run in Edinburgh through Nov. 4. The show focuses on Picasso's relationship with British artists and features more than 150 works, including 60 pieces by Picasso. 

"Nude Woman in a Red Armchair," which is part of the show, is dated 1932 and depicts Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was Picasso's mistress and muse for several years.

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