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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. (Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction):
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is engaged in ongoing, serious
discussions with our most senior colleagues in Abu Dhabi regarding the
issues of workers’ rights. As global citizens, we share the concerns
about human rights and fair labor practices and continue to be committed
to making progress on these issues. At the same time, it is important to
clarify that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is not yet under construction.
Richard Armstrong, Director
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
UPDATE: G.U.L.F. has since responded to Armstrong’s statement.