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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 October, 2004, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
'Nude Bush' artwork dropped

A cartoon-style nude painting of US President George W Bush has been taken down by a museum in Washington.

Kayti Didriksen's Man of Leisure, King George, shows a nude Mr Bush being attended to by a man resembling Vice-President Dick Cheney.

It is based on Edouard Manet's work Olympia, which hangs in a Paris museum.

The painting was part of an exhibition called Funky Furniture. A City Museum spokeswoman said the exhibit was not what it had expected.

"The museum is not an art museum," she said.

"It gets mostly groups of children, with teachers trying to tell them something about history."

The exhibit also featured a decorated church pew with pictures and words accusing Ronald Reagan of ignoring the Aids crisis, and a table decorated with drug paraphernalia with a quote from former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who was jailed for drug possession.

Art-O-Matic, a local artists' group which organised the display, said it was now looking for another home for the exhibit.

"About a dozen people may have seen it," board member Jim Tretick said.

"The exhibit wasn't completely mounted. It was taken down the next day when the museum was closed."

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