Chinese Art Post ’89 At The Guggenheim

There has been mounting criticism waged towards the Guggenheim museum’s upcoming exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” and the way in which three works included in the show utilize live animals.

The outrage over animal cruelty spurred multiple petitions to have the work removed from the exhibition. As of Monday, the Guggenheim has decided to pull the works.

As the NYTimes article (below) mentions, this instance is one of a few in recent months where public protest effects change in the institution. What are your thoughts?

To read about the controversy, click on the following links:

Guggenheim Museum Pulls Works Involving Live Animals from Chinese Art Survey

NYTimes, click the two images below for two different articles:



One thought on “Chinese Art Post ’89 At The Guggenheim

  1. Yvette says:

    I first became aware of this upcoming exhibit last Thursday night from pit-bull activist and photographer, Sophie Gamand, she mentioned the dog video on her social media. I wanted to keep an open mind about the exhibit and immediately went to the accounts Guggenheim holds on social media and read a few articles by the NYT and was flabbergasted! Personally, I see the point the artists are making about globalization and people having to keep up with those in higher positions, that we, the humans are trying to keep up; however, I believe this can be established or pointed out without the use of animals. Even though the dogs will not be “performing” at the Guggenheim, but rather of video of them from the first exhibit back in 2003, I think this is clearly animal abuse. As PETA mentioned in their newsletter, “If we’re going to call dogfighting “art,” we might as well call Michael Vick “Michelangelo.” The way these dogs were tethered to these, basically tread mills, is the way humans train animals for fighting, which is not art, it’s abuse. I think, especially for the insect portion, that there are other ways to display survival of the fittest without the use of animals. Moreover, the pig one where they are all tattooed and engaging in sexual acts, that one does not make sense to me at all, the article says its to point out the relationship between the west and China, I believe, but I don’t see this.

    Any opinions on the roles of animals and their inclusion in art, with regards to an exhibit like this one?

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