Although many porous materials, including metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), have been reported to selectively adsorb C2H2 in C2H2/CO2 separation processes, CO2-selective sorbents are much less common. Here, we report the remarkable performance of MFU-4 (Zn5Cl4(bbta)3, bbta=benzo-1,2,4,5-bistriazolate) toward inverse CO2/C2H2 separation. The MOF facilitates kinetic separation of CO2 from C2H2, enabling the generation of high purity C2H2 (>98 %) with good productivity in dynamic breakthrough experiments. Adsorption kinetics measurements and computational studies show C2H2 is excluded from MFU-4 by narrow pore windows formed by Zn−Cl groups. Postsynthetic F−/Cl− ligand exchange was used to synthesize an analogue (MFU-4-F) with expanded pore apertures, resulting in equilibrium C2H2/CO2 separation with reversed selectivity compared to MFU-4. MFU-4-F also exhibits a remarkably high C2H2 adsorption capacity (6.7 mmol g−1), allowing fuel grade C2H2 (98 % purity) to be harvested from C2H2/CO2 mixtures by room temperature desorption.