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Artists announces closure of museum with fake report

A press release from Tuesday stated that the museum Mumok would close "until further notice". However, it was not the museum that sent the press release, but an artist. Mumok was not pleased with the false information.

It started off with an email from the domain Mumokart.com, in which the closing was announced on behalf of the museum director Karola Kraus.

"The Mumok will close from 30 April until further notice. The reasons are a new survey, which showed an inacceptable high percentage of visitors from socioeconomically wealthy groups and the fading interest of the visitors in the museum shops, restaurants etc." the Russian artist Petro Wodkins stated in a press release.

The museum reacted immediately with its own press release: "Mumok will stay open (…) The Mumok is trying to explain the backgrounds of the false information."

The artist then chained himself to a construction fence in the stairway section of the museum in the late morning. He said that he started the protests as art should not be about "socioeconomic positioning".

In his opinion, art is the core of life and could not "be locked away in museums". He terminated the protests after a while.

Apparently, the museum did not know the artist before. Spokesperson Karin Bellmann assumed that he probably chose the Mumok as he is a contemporary artist and the Mumok suited his interests. The museum is currently not worried about any damage.

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