29 May '11, 2am

US museums walk tightrope after China arrest

WASHINGTON - US MUSEUMS are facing delicate choices as they strive to meet a growing interest in China, cooperating with counterparts across the Pacific despite alarm over the detention of top artist Ai Weiwei. Directors of museums across the United States said in interviews that they found a strong public appetite for work from China, with Americans eager to see everything from ancient treasures to modern art from the rising Asian power. But the US art world has also led calls to free Ai. One of China's most provocative artists, Ai had been begrudgingly tolerated but was seized in April and accused of tax evasion as Beijing mounts a sweeping crackdown on dissent. The Milwaukee Art Museum on June 11 opens a major exhibition of Chinese art that features more than 90 objects - many long hidden from public view - made for the 18th-century Qianlong emperor and kept inside the ...

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