The banning of men from watching images of Muslim women without veils in an exhibition due to open in New Zealand next month is discrimination, a lawyer says.

The Dowse Art Museum, which is run by the Hutt City Council in Wellington, is hosting the world premiere of an art installation which includes a video by Qatari writer and film-maker Sophia Al-Maria called Cinderazahd: For Your Eyes Only. It features women getting ready for a wedding without wearing hijabs, or veils.

Dowse director Cam McCracken earlier said Al-Maria's work would be off-limits to men in keeping with the artist's wishes.

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