Hans Haccke: unfinished business
Artist: Hans Haccke, Brian Wallis
Date of Action: August 2021
Region: North America
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Description of Artwork: Visual Arts
The Incident: In 1971, the Guggenheim cancelled a solo show by the conceptual artist Hans Haacke six weeks before it was scheduled to open. One piece charted the shady business dealings of a low-income landlord, and the museum feared it might face a lawsuit. Haacke refused to amend it, the curator was fired, and the Guggenheim’s director told the Times, “I have no sympathy for slumlords, but I don’t consider that the museum is the proper platform to launch what is essentially a social reform
Results of Incident: Not provided yet.