Dan Reed's damning film delved into decades of child molestation allegations against the King of Pop, and led to a number of scrapped ventures linked to the "Bad" hitmaker, including the cancellation of a planned tour of "The Michael Jackson HIStory Show" in Ireland, and Louis Vuitton bosses' decision to pull artistic director Virgil Abloh's forthcoming fashion line inspired by the singer.
Officials at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, located just two hours away from the Jackson family's hometown of Gary, Indiana, also chose to remove pieces of the pop superstar's memorabilia from display in light of the renewed abuse claims.
However, while many are choosing to distance themselves from Jackson, art curator Nicholas Cullinan is determined to move forward with the planned "Michael Jackson: On The Wall" exhibit, which opens at the Bundeskunsthalle museum in Bonn on Friday, March 22.
Heute Abend eröffnen wir #MJOnTheWall, sind uns der Diskussion über #MichaelJackson aber durchaus bewusst. Intendant @ReinWolfs gibt daher klare Antworten auf die wichtigsten Fragen zur #Ausstellung in der #Bundeskunsthalle: https://t.co/FJpw19dNpE— BUNDESKUNSTHALLE (@bundeskunsthall) March 21, 2019
"(The exhibit) was never celebratory. It's about the complexity of Michael Jackson, how he means very different things to many very different people," Cullinan explained.
He also argued that the show, which previously went on display in London, was conceived way before the "Leaving Neverland" controversy.
Jackson died in 2009.