BMW Guggenheim Lab Nixes Stop in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Citing Threats of Violence

The BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York in 2011. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The BMW Guggenheim Lab, the temporary structure that inhabited a lot in downtown Manhattan earlier this year, hosting public programs (and a branch of Bushwick restaurant Roberta’s) will not make the next stop in a planned tour, in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood in May, according to Bloomberg.

The wire service cites a report in a German newspaper that says “left-wing” protestors had threatened to “derail” the project, arguing that it could result in “higher rents and new luxury residential developments” in the area.

In a statement released to press, the Guggenheim offered an explanation:

In response to police and local authorities ľ high hazard assessment, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has decided to withdraw the BMW Guggenheim Lab from the site planned in Kreuzberg, Berlin. This decision follows threats against the project. … While we welcome vigorous debate, we cannot risk the possibility of violence, as raised by a small minority.

A representative at the Guggenheim told Gallerist that the museum is currently deciding how to proceed. The museum had been scheduled to visit nine cities during its six-year run.

With the Deutsche Guggenheim set to close at the end of the year, Berlin residents are going to be sadly Guggenheim-deprived soon.

BMW Guggenheim Lab Nixes Stop in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Citing Threats of Violence