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As the big and little fish of the Asian art community converged for Art Basel Hong Kong’s fifth edition, the most persistent question humming throughout the aisles was: what caused the sudden calling off of the Guggenheim’s UBS MAP exhibition, “But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,” at Shanghai’s Rockbund Museum? The news came less than a month away from the show’s anticipated preview date—and after a giant wave of publicity in early February. While Chinese authorities’ aversion to even passing references to social turmoil…

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