Museum Of Modern Just Started Trolling Donald Trump & It Is Fantastic (IMAGES)

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The New York Museum Of Modern Art [MoMA] has found a powerful way to protest Donald Trump. The museum is protesting the president’s travel ban barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the U.S., as well as the confiscation of over 100,000 visas.

MoMA has decided to rehang the works of artists from Muslim countries. These artists include the Los Angeles Iranian video artist Tala Madani, the Sudanese painter Ibrahim el-Salahi, and the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The works replaced a total of seven Picassos, Matisses, and Picabias.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Architect Zaha Hadid poses for a photograph in front of the redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park on September 25 2013 in London, England. The renovation of the 1805 gunpowder store, located on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge, was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The new gallery, restaurant and social space will officially open to the public on September 28, 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Next to each work, a display states the museum’s intentions, according to the New York Times:

‘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 Jan. 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.’

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: A gallery assistant for Sotheby’s auction house views a sculpture by Parviz Tanavoli entitled ‘Standing Heech Lovers’ which is expected to fetch 100,000 GBP and features in their sale of Contemporary Arab and Iranian art on October 18, 2010 in London, England. The sale, which will take place on October 20, 2010, includes modern and contemporary pieces by Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian and Egyptian artists. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

In addition, the Museum Of Modern Art scheduled four film screenings by directors subject to the travel ban. These include “Stars In Broad Daylight” by Syrian Oussama Mohammad exiled to Paris. Another is an experimental film “Al-Yazerli” by the Iraqi-born German director Kais al-Zubaidi.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JUNE 09: Zaha Hadid, the architect of the new Riverside Museum attends a press conference before the opening of the musuem, her first major work in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. The £74million Riverside Museum will open to the public on 21 June. The museum has been funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

This unique protest is perhaps the strongest by any major cultural institution against Trump’s executive immigration order. Under a secret order, the government refused over 100,000 people holding legitimate visas, even though press secretary Sean Spicer said the order only impacted 106 people.

All of the artists currently displayed in the MoMA are Iranian, except for Hadid and el-Salahi. These artists include sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, Madani, photographer Shirana Shahbazi, draftsman Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, and painter Marcos Grigorian.

MoMA also displayed Siah Armajani’s large aluminum and steel sculpture. Armajani is an American artist who was born in Iran. The museum placed the striking sculpture in the glass-walled lobby courtyard, which overlooks the museum’s garden.

What a striking protest.

Featured Image: Getty Images/Oli Scarff.

H/T: New York Times.