A report released this morning by Gulf Labor, a coalition of international artists, confirms the ongoing violation of local and international labor laws at the site of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Zayed National Museum, among other institutions.
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.
A spoof Guggenheim website, globalguggenheim.org, went live this morning with a satirical “Sustainable Design Competition” for the museum’s embattled Abu Dhabi branch.
We asked the Guggenheim Foundation for clarification based on yesterday’s G.U.L.F. statement. These are the answers we received.
The following statement was emailed to Hyperallergic, and it is a response to Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong’s statement earlier today:
Tonight, over 40 protesters staged an intervention inside the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan during Saturday night’s pay-what-you-wish admission hours.
In a statement released earlier this evening, the Gulf Labor advocacy group has responded to a report on labor conditions at Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island cultural development produced by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) consultancy.
Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), chaired by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahoon Al Nahyan and a coterie of royal relations, has weathered its fair share of bad press connected with Saadiyat Island, a multi-billion dollar art-and-luxury hub on an artificial protrusion in the Persian Gulf.
This week saw the launch of 52 Weeks of Gulf Labor, a yearlong activist project coordinated by Gulflabor, a working group opposed to the treatment of laborers at Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island cultural mega-development.
LONDON — At least 40 laborers were hospitalized and 25 arrested on Tuesday evening after a violent brawl erupted between workers on Saadiyat Island, in an eruption allegedly provoked by the deportation of strikers and the hiring of “scab” workers in the aftermath of a strike affecting thousands of laborers in May.
In an interview appearing in the current issue of Foreign Policy and posted to the publication’s website on Monday, Frank Gehry admitted that he was “reluctant” to participate in the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project, citing the distance and the fact that the “cultural issues seemed so different.”
Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, contacted Hyperallergic with the following response to “When Artspeak Masks Oppression” (March 6, 2013) by Mostafa Heddaya.