But gallery management says the real reason for the ban is to force visitors to concentrate on Chinese art.
Galleri Faurschou believes it had previously received approval for the Warhol exhibit from European representatives of the Chinese government. But customs officials are now refusing to release the pictures.
'We sent out 500 invitations, the catalogues were printed and the pictures' owners had arrived in Beijing, but on Tuesday we had to cancel everything,' Kai Heinze, the gallery's manager, told Politiken newspaper.
Heinze said other galleries have been forced to change some of their exhibits to Chinese displays as well.
He said Galleri Faurschou would probably be allowed to show the Warhol exhibit after the Olympic Games are over, but added the business had already wasted nine months work and lost around 300,000 kroner in investments planning the display.