China Bans Warhol Mao Paintings From Beijing Exhibition

The exhibition was visited by up to 175,000 people in Singapore


China has banned the iconic images of Communist leader Chairman Mao from an exhibition of Andy Warhol's work which is travelling the country.

The show spotlights 300 paintings, photographs and films, and ten Mao paintings which the local authorities have decided to exclude, Bloomberg reported.

"They said the Maos won't work," the director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Eric Shiner, explained in Hong Kong. "This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art," he added.