The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has replaced pieces by Picasso and Matisse with a painting by Zaha Hadid and works by other overseas artists in protest against President Trump’s travel ban
MoMA took down works of art – including those by Picasso, Picabia, Matisse and other Western artists – in favour of works by artists from some of the seven Muslim-majority countries affected by Trump’s executive order.
These included Hadid’s painting for her competition-winnning design for The Peak in Hong Kong, which was never built, as well as works by Sudanese painter Ibrahim el-Salahi, Iranian video artist Tala Madani and six other Iranian artists.
The museum placed a caption by each new work stating: ’This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on January 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this museum as they are to the United States.’
A federal judge in Seattle blocked Trump’s executive order on Friday, a ruling the president has since described as ‘ridiculous’.
The New York Times reported that the museum started replacing the works in the gallery on pre-1945 Western Modernism, with those from its permanent collection, the day before the travel ban was blocked.
Hadid’s painting, using synthetic polymer on a paper-mounted canvas, is based on her 1983 proposal for a leisure club called The Peak in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Although it was never built, it was her first major competition win.