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    MoMA Displaying Art From 7 Countries Affected by Travel Ban
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    (Right) Zaha Hadid's "The Peak Project, Hong Kong, China" (1991) is hung adjacent to Henri Rousseau's "The Sleeping Gypsy" (1897), (Left). Hadid became the first woman, and first Iraqi, to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

    The executive order issued by President Donald Trump temporarily halting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States has inspired protests throughout the country and around the world.

    Now, the Museum of Modern Art has joined in.

    The museum has reinstalled artwork by artists from nations affected by the executive order.

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    The pieces are displayed prominently within the galleries, replacing works by artists from the museum's permanent collections, including Picasso, Mattisse and Picabia.

    The artists featured include Sudanese painter Ibrahim el-Salahi, Iranian artist Hossein Zenderoudi and Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

    The gesture of inclusion is expressed to the museum's visitors through a card accompanying each piece.

    The card states, “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."

    While the travel ban was halted by U.S. District Judge James Robart Friday, the Trump administration seeks to have the ban reinstated.