MoMA craze - people camping outin Berlin to see collection

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2 September 2004 , BERLIN - As the hugely successful exhibit of masterpieces from New Yorker Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) draws to a close in Berlin, desperate art fans have resorted to camping out overnight to get tickets. The show in Berlin's Neue National Galerie, which opened in February, ends on 19 September and has already been seen by one million visitors. Adding to the MoMA-mania is the fact that organisers recently declared no extension of the show would be possible. The usual waiting time is five

2 September 2004

BERLIN - As the hugely successful exhibit of masterpieces from New Yorker Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) draws to a close in Berlin, desperate art fans have resorted to camping out overnight to get tickets.

The show in Berlin's Neue National Galerie, which opened in February, ends on 19 September and has already been seen by one million visitors.

Adding to the MoMA-mania is the fact that organisers recently declared no extension of the show would be possible.

The usual waiting time is five or six hours even though opening hours have been extended to 2:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and to midnight on all other days.

But rather than stand all day many are simply bring sleeping bags and spending the night so as to get in first thing in the morning.

The MoMA exhibit is the latest in a series of blockbuster art events in Berlin since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

These include:

-The 1995 wrapping of the Reichstag by Christo;

-The return of Third Reich immigrant and renowned art collector Heinz Bergruen who donated his works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse and others to the city;

-Helmut Newton, the photographer, did the same at his death earlier this year.

Next in line is the September 21 opening of the Flick collection, one of the world's largest private collection of contemporary art, which has been lent for the next seven years to Berlin. 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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