Nations explains why Guernica tapestry was obscured.
Putney constituents raised concerns about the Guernica
Tapestry being obscured during press conferences. Tony
Colman, the MP for Putney and Chair of the United Nations
All Party Group at the House of Commons, contacted Sir
Jeremy Greenstock about the painting in early April.
Jeremy spoke with the UN Secretary General's Office on the
issue. It was explained that because of the large number of
press attending briefings they had to be held in a larger
area, in front of the Guernica. TV station complained that
the backdrop did not come over well on TV screens, so the
tapestry was covered at the request of TV stations.
is now uncovered and fully visible. Press conferences are
held a little to the right of it so that those TV stations
who wish to include it in a pan shot can do so, those who
do not can focus on the speaker only.
think most people are aware of the very real pain of modern
warfare portrayed in Picasso's Guernica. I was very concerned
that covering the painting in current circumstances would
be inappropriate. I have now been assured that it will not
be covered again."
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