Guggenheim Museum pulls criticised works from exhibition

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City has removed three works from an upcoming exhibition after receiving threats of violence over inclusion of the pieces.

The Guggenheim made the announcement in a statement, saying it’s removing the pieces out of concern for the safety of staff and visitors. Animal rights groups have criticised the museum for including the works.

Out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors, and participating artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has decided against showing the art works Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other (2003), Theater of the World (1993), and A Case Study of Transference (1994) in its upcoming exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary. As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim.

Photo captions:

  1. Xu Bing’s “A Case Study of Transference,” 1994. The artwork originally featured live pigs, but the Guggenheim was going to use a video of the Beijing performance.
  2. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” a seven-minute video with eight American pit bulls on eight treadmills.
  3. Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World,” which features live insects and reptiles. Credit: Huang Yong Ping/Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

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