Abu Dhabi Dilemma

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In the British newspaper The Guardian Frank Gehry posted a few reflections today about his upcoming new Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi. The most interesting part is this:

“Abu Dhabi does throw up some very particular issues for the Guggenheim and the display of art. I don’t think we’ll be allowed to display nudes, and there are all sorts of concerns about the way women are allowed to be shown.”

Will the Guggenheim be submitting shows for approval to a governing body in the emirate? Will they remove offending works pre-emptively? This global franchising of the museum business apparently comes with some built in problems.

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