It seemed straightforward enough when the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna put on a 'contemporary Egyptian art' exhibition.
It seemed straightforward enough when the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna put on a 'contemporary Egyptian art' exhibition. And so it was --at least on the ground floor. But on the first floor, under the heading 'Port Said, November 1956' the exhibition was merely a vehicle for anti-British propaganda.
The Austrian authorities promptly ordered the offending section to be withdrawn when they discovered that the exhibits - mostly the work of school-children - depicted British and French troops shooting defenceless civilians, looting and pillaging.
The section contained fifty such pictures, many selected clearly upon their propaganda rather than their articstic merit. Following Austrian protests 11 of the pictures in the section were removed.
And here are some of the offending pictures:
They show paratroops entering a bedroom with guns blazing; a family attacked by French troops,; bathers being machine-gunned by fighter planes; and an Egyptian father being taken away (in pyjamas) from his wife and children.