Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Modern art, made possible by modern-day slavery.
In 2015 slavery is alive and well. It's hard to believe, but the world-renowned Guggenheim is at the heart of it all. With a new Abu Dhabi museum in the works, Guggenheim has stepped foot in a region infamous for abuse. Migrant workers live a dozen or more to a room, work 15-hour days, and are beaten for striking. With power to call the shots and chart a new future for the region, Guggenheim has failed to guarantee fundamental rights for its workers. So let's tell their sponsors what's really going on.
Dior recently hosted a celebrity-studded $75,000-per-table fund raiser for Guggenheim, but behind that glitz, workers are making $7 per day. But human rights aren’t like perfume; you can’t mask abuse.
If enough of us name and shame Guggenheim's big corporate donors -- like Dior, Hugo Boss, Samsung and Phillips -- we can force the museum to act, or risk their bottom line.
And if there's any time to make a difference, it's now. Over the next few weeks, Guggenheim will be selecting a developer for the build, and together we can make sure the contract is slavery-free.