Bomb Threat in Swedish Museum After Controversial Racist Cake Installation
The Modern Art Museum in Stockholm closed its doors today in response to a bomb threat two days after the Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended the party in celebration of the World Art Day, where the cake sculpture included a naked torso of a black woman.
The museum was evacuated for several hours but no bomb was discovered by the bomb squad. The Associated Press reported the museum authorities as saying that the Modern Art Museum was evacuated after officers in the southern city of Malmo received the bomb threat. A bomb squad was immediately dispatched to the museum.
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On April 15, the museum organized a celebration where the cake sculpture was meant to highlight the issue of female circumcision. The cake was sculpted by male artist Makode Aj Linde. The artist hid under the serving table and only his make-up covered Afro-European head showed up on the table, 'screaming' in agony as Liljeroth and others cut into the cake.
"I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and its right to provoke," Linde told The Associated Press. "And then they wanted me to cut into the cake. I don't review art, but I can very well understand that this whole situation was misunderstood."