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Artist Group Blocks Entrances to Basel Museums

Last Thursday, brick walls were found blocking the entrances of several art museums in Basel, Switzerland, reports Henri Neuendorf at Artnet. A spokesperson at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel, where one of the walls was found, speculated that the piece was likely made by a collective of artists and squatters called Atopie.

The group recently organized a two-week series of exhibitions and talks in an abandoned property in central Basel that was shut down and evacuated by the police. Other institutions where the walls have appeared in front of the entrances include the Basel Museum of Contemporary Art and the Basel Architecture Museum in addition to the house from which the group was recently evicted.

According to their website, the group wishes to “claim space for society, culture, and alternative lifestyles,” and “demands space to live and exist in without consumerism and commercialism.”

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