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Beijing bans Andy Warhol's works during Olympics

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on July 21, 2008

First it was dog meat. Now Andy Warhol’s works have been banned from Beijing during the Olympics. Apparently the Ministry of Culture has deemed Warhol’s portraits inappropriate art work to be exhibited during the games. The exhibition entitled Andy Warhol Portraits: Sports, Stars and Society was to have opened on July 26 and run through to August 21 in the Faurschou Beijing gallery in the trendy 798 Art District, one of the city’s top tourist draws but the cultural watchdog refused to grant permission, Kai Heinze, gallery director said in an email. Stayed tuned for more details on why Warhol was denied his 15 minutes of fame.

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January 19, 2009 6:21 PM

It will always conclude in the same cultural gap between east and west, mostly because - and I get the same feeling from Japan, China or any middle eastern country - they feel obstructed by western culture and all the effects of the "destructive consumer capitalism". Especially when you come up with such an iconic and historical figure like Warhol.
It's just like going to Vegas with a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. It's really easy to copy/paste the present times, the history is what they're having trouble with ...

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