Edinburgh Airport in Picasso nude complaints U-turn

Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932 Nude Woman in a Red Armchair was covered up at the airport

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Edinburgh Airport has reversed its decision to cover up a poster featuring a Picasso nude following complaints.

Nude Woman in a Red Armchair was advertising the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

However, the airport decided to cover the image after several complaints from passengers in international arrivals.

After gallery chiefs branded the move "bizarre", the airport has backed down and removed the cover.

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

John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: "It is obviously bizarre that all kinds of images of women in various states of dress and undress can be used in contemporary advertising without comment, but somehow a painted nude by one of the world's most famous artists is found to be disturbing and has to be removed.

"I hope that the public will come and see the real thing, which is a joyous and affectionate portrait of one of Picasso's favourite models, an image that has been shown around the world."

An Edinburgh Airport spokesperson said: "We have now reviewed our original decision and reinstated the image.

"The initial decision was a reaction to passenger feedback, which we do always take seriously.

"However 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."

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