“We have never prepared for that photograph to be bundled in the opening exhibition, so there is no query that we have retracted it, or we have succumbed to strain and have altered it,” Tang claimed.

“If any of our functions or any of our actions contravenes any such legislation, I’m certain the law enforcement companies will get in touch with us and we will co-function completely with them,” he explained.

Ai, the artist, was not immediately available for remark.

Before this thirty day period, Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam mentioned authorities were being on “full alert” to guarantee that exhibitions in the city do not violate the nationwide protection regulation. Professional-Beijing lawmakers have mentioned that some of M+’s artwork is politically sensitive and could be in breach of the legislation.

Independently, general public broadcaster TVB confirmed Monday that it will not air this year’s Academy Awards ceremony for the very first time in decades.

A report by neighborhood newspaper The Standard recommended that previously significant feedback about mainland China by Chloe Zhao, the Beijing-born director of nominated movie “Nomadland,” as very well as the nomination of a quick documentary about the 2019 protests in Hong Kong could be connected to the conclusion not to broadcast the ceremony this yr.

“TVB does not have the broadcasting legal rights for The Oscars 2021. It was purely a professional selection that we resolved not to pursue the Oscars this 12 months,” TVB reported in a assertion.