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German galleries and museums finally reopen to frantic demand amid strict federal restrictions

Museums across Germany have had the green light to reopen their doors after their unprecedented hibernation. North Rhine-Westphalia was quickest to the mark, reports Der Tagesspiegel, with galleries in the region having opened last week, while in Berlin the majority will be up and running from Monday.

Museum Ludwig opens with crowd control. Photo: Jennifer Latuperisa-Andresen via Pixabay

An art-starved public has leapt at the chance to see the blockbusters; Cologne’s Museum Ludwig online server completely collapsed as Warhol fans swarmed its site for the ticket release for the solo exhibition.

On top of high demand, state restrictions have made exhibition tickets even harder to procure; Nord-Rhine-Westphalia has limited entry numbers to one person per 20 square metres. This amounts to just 73 visitors per two-hour timeslot for the Warhol exhibition.

Museum Ludwig, like many other museums, is consequently drip-feeding tickets on a weekly basis, so there is still a chance to get your hands on one if you find yourself in Cologne before the exhibition ends in June.

The exhibition offers up a new angle on Andy Warhol’s work, presenting pieces against the significant social issues of his time, with many pieces on loan from the Tate Modern.

His ‘Electric Chair’ is to be seen; partially comprising of an image from a newspaper article on the execution of US citizens Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who had passed information about the atomic war to Russia during the Second World War.


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