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Andy Warhol exhibit won’t include Mao in China

PITTSBURGH — But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t going to make it with anyone, anyhow.

Officials at Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum apparently agree with the Beatles, and say silkscreens of the iconic Chinese communist leader won’t be on display when a traveling exhibit of Warhol’s works opens in Shanghai on April 28.

Museum director Eric Shiner tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/11qNuqU ) that he “didn’t want politics to enter the equation” so he decided the leave the brightly colored Mao Zedong portraits out of the exhibit.

Shiner denies engaging in “censorship” despite reports in the New York Times and other outlets that China’s Ministry of Culture objected to the images. Shiner said he made the decision not to include the images, not Chinese officials.



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