Breaking News & Update! Guggenheim Pulls Controversial Animal “Art” Works From Exhibit


Heeding to the growing outrage from animal advocates throughout the world, the Guggenheim Museum in New York confirmed yesterday that it will, in fact, remove several works depicting animal cruelty from its Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World exhibit which begins early next month.

“Out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors, and participating artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has decided against showing the artwork 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,” the museum said in an official statement yesterday. “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.”

The news follows on the heels of the museum’s announcement last Thursday that although the works may be “upsetting,” it would proceed with the exhibition as planned.

A victory for the animals and the more than 500,000 people who signed the petition WAN reported on yesterday!

As reflected in the petition, and the Guggenheim’s most recent decision, animal cruelty holds no place in art in the United States, nor should it anywhere in the world, and exploiting innocent animals in the name of “art” will not be tolerated or supported!

The three-month exhibit scheduled to begin on October 6, 2017, was condemned by many for including a seven-minute video titled Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other in which four pairs of American pit bulls are being trained to fight as they are tethered to eight wooden treadmills running “at” each other but prevented from touching one another.

Other examples mentioned in the petition that will now be pulled from the exhibition include a video of an artist tattooing the bodies of two pigs, as well as an exhibit featuring live reptiles, amphibians, and insects trapped in a glass enclosure for attendee viewing.

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