Occupy Museums

Post image for Counter-Competition Seeks Alternatives to Controversial Guggenheim Helsinki

As the official Guggenheim Helsinki design competition drew to a close this week, a rival contest was announced: Next Helsinki.

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Post image for In Response to Controversial Funder, Protestors Rechristen Met Museum Plaza

A masked likeness of David H. Koch argued with protestors outside of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday evening. It shouted: “Get away from me! I own you! I own this place! I own a great portion of the resources of the earth!”

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Post image for Protesters Stage Intervention at Guggenheim’s Futurist Exhibition

Last night’s protest action at New York’s Guggenheim Museum by the Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) is the group’s fourth intervention and the latest to raise awareness about the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates.

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Post image for Protesters Rain Down Thousands of Bills in Guggenheim Rotunda

At 6:45 pm ET yesterday evening, a handheld bell sounded in the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, signaling the second protest action in as many months from the Global Ultra Luxury Faction, or G.U.L.F.

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Post image for Activists Take Protest to the Facade of the Guggenheim Museum [UPDATED]

The OWS Illuminator, that infamous visual symbol of Occupy Wall Street, joined Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (aka G.U.L.F.) yesterday in their fight for workers’s rights on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Post image for G.U.L.F. Calls Guggenheim a 1% Global Museum with a 1% Board

A few moments ago, we received the following statement from G.U.L.F. (Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction), which is a direct response to clarifications by the Guggenheim Foundation on claims made by G.U.L.F.

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Post image for G.U.L.F. Responds to Guggenheim, Calls on Museum to Open Its Doors to Free Public Assembly

The following statement was emailed to Hyperallergic, and it is a response to Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong’s statement earlier today:

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Post image for Guggenheim Responds to Saturday’s G.U.L.F. Protest Action

Today, the Guggenheim provided Hyperallergic with the following statement from Director Richard Armstrong in response to our request for comment on Saturday night’s protest action in the museum by G.U.L.F.

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Post image for Protest Action Erupts Inside Guggenheim Museum

Tonight, over 40 protesters staged an intervention inside the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan during Saturday night’s pay-what-you-wish admission hours.

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Post image for Is it Time to Blow Up the Art Fair Model?

Occupy Museums thinks the art fair model needs to be reworked. Occupy Wall Street’s art offshoot has announced a new initiative, DebtFair, which seeks to radically deconstruct the commercial art fair. After essentially sunning themselves in a distant corner of Frieze New York last May, distributing flyers for Un-Frieze and other protest literature, the activists have decided to go for a more radical overthrow of the heavily commodified fair model. Whether or not this alternative has legs remains to be seen.

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