After a wave of criticism and campaigning against the works of Huang Yong, Xu Bing, Peng Yu and Sun Yuan being shown at the Guggenheim’s “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World”, the museum released the following statement:

“We recognize that the work may be upsetting. The curators of the exhibition hope that viewers will consider why the artists produced it and what they may be saying about the social conditions of globalization and the complex nature of the world we share.”

After the heavy criticism, and apparently receiving threats, Guggenheim pulls the art works from the exhibit. Doing so the museum faces new criticism for bowing to public opinion.

“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.”

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