Fake Modern Art Museum Puzzles Sofia

Society | April 27, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00
Fake Modern Art Museum Puzzles Sofia Sofia citizens, culture and media representatives, as well as foreign ambassadors came to Podujane rail station late Tuesday to find out that the previously advertised opening of a new modern art museum was fake. Photo by Y. Nikolova (SNA)

A group of Bulgarian artists caused a major public scandal by organising a fake opening of a Modern Art Museum in Sofia.

Over 100 Sofia citizens, culture and media representatives flocked late Tuesday to the railway station of Podujane, expecting to see a grand opening of a new museum with the special presence of the Bulgaria-born artist Christo Yavasheff.

At the fake opening came as well foreign ambassadors, also mislead by the perfectly organised media campaign.

As it later turned out it was a well-planned action for drawing the public attention to the urgent need of such a museum in Bulgaria.

The project was organised by a circle around the Bulgarian artist Ivan Mudov - an emblematic figure in the contemporary Bulgarian art.

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