UN removes Picasso's anti-war Guernica

UN removes Picasso's anti-war Guernica

A tapestry depicting Pablo Picasso's Guernica painting has been removed from the entrance of the United Nations Security Council at the body's New York headquarters after more than 35 years on display.

The reproduction of the iconic anti-war painting was on loan from former US vice president Nelson Rockefeller, whose son recently informed the UN that he wanted it back, a spokesman said.

"We thank the Rockefeller family for having loaned this powerful and iconic work of art for more than 35 years," the UN spokesman said.

Picasso painted Guernica in 1937 in reaction to the destruction of the Spanish town of the same name during German air raids.

The original hangs at the Queen Sofia museum and art gallery in Madrid and is one of Picasso's most famous works of Cubism.

The UN is now considering which work of art could be hung in place of the tapestry, the spokesman said.