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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Guggenheim Global Expansion Hits Another Snag: This Time Taiwan

The museum version of Wal-Mart is finding it hard to find local support in the Taiwanese city of Taichung, site of a new proposed Guggenheim. Some local academics are concerned that the museum will impose a Western aesthetic. From the article, "Wu Chin-tao, an assistant professor in fine arts from Nanhua University, said that the museum was not about culture but rather about politics. She described the museum as a 'political animal.' Wu said that Taiwan had long been a cultural colony and this time the country was once again accepting the US export of elitist culture."

Opponents of the museum also cited the reported decline in attendance at the Guggenheim Bilbao and continuing staff layoffs in NYC as points of concern.

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