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U.N. Security Council Anti-War Mural Hidden - covered-up for Powell speech
Tapestry of Picasso's anti-war painting "Guernica" that hangs at the entrance to the U.N. Security Council was covered-up ahead of Powell's speech. ---Photos ---- Antiwar protest idea...
"U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte, left, talks with Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. James Cunningham as they walk out of the Security Council at the U.N. in New York on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002.... In background is a reproduction of Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica.' (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)"
The Picasso Cover-up
“A tapestry of Pablo Picasso's powerful anti-war tableau "Guernica" has hung outside the U.N. Security Council since 1985… Television cameras routinely pan the tapestry as diplomats enter and leave the council chambers… So it was a surprise for many of the envoys to arrive at U.N. headquarters last Monday…to find the searing work covered with a baby-blue banner and the U.N. logo…"It's only temporary. We're only doing this until the cameras leave," said Abdellatif Kabbaj, the organization's media liaison…”
(Betsy Pisik, The Washington Times)
Powell Without Picasso
"Mr. Powell can't very well seduce the world into bombing Iraq surrounded on camera by shrieking and mutilated women, men, children, bulls and horses..."
(Maureen Dowd, New York Times):
ANTIWAR PROTEST IDEA:
Paint our own Guernicas (Baghdads) and surround the U.N. with 'em...or something like that.
Their own Guernicas
Kids' Guernica Gallery (Kids from around the world paint their own Guernicas):
Guernica (Picasso's painting):
"U.S. Ambasssador John Negroponte stops to comment outside the United Nations Security Council prior to a meeting of the body, at U.N. heaquarters in New York, Friday Jan. 24, 2003. International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei and chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix are due to brief the council in New York on Monday. A portion of a replica of Picasso's 'Guernica' is behind Negroponte." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
"Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix speaks with reporters outside the Security Council at the United Nations in New York in this December 19, 2002, file photo. The United Nations on Wednesday February 5, 2003 concealed behind a blue cloth and a row of flags the world body's treasured tapestry of 'Guernica,' the celebrated Picasso anti-war masterpiece. The tapestry (in the background) hangs outside the U.N. Security Council, where U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was presenting the U.S. case that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction and war may be needed to make sure it disarms. But U.N. officials insisted no symbolism was intended in the decision to hide the tapestryTapestry in background." (REUTERS/Peter Morgan)
"French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (L) speaks to reporters with Jean-Marc de la Sabliere (R), France's Ambassador to the United Nations (news - web sites), at his side at the United Nations in New York City February 5, 2003. The men are standing in front of a blue cloth and flags that were used to cover a tapestry of 'Guernica' the celebrated Picasso anti-war masterpiece. The tapestry hangs outside the U.N. Security Council, where U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) was presenting the U.S. case that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction and war may be needed to make sure it disarms." (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)