November 29, 2017
The Art Ludique museum in Paris is set to close in the new year after a former nearby migrant camp has been blamed for gutting visitor numbers.
The museum, which showcases works of “playful” art and currently has an exhibition relating to DC Comics superheroes, owes more than 600,000 euros in rent. A judge of the district court of Paris has now decided to evict the museum from its current location near the Gare D’Austerlitz train station, Le Journal du Dimanche reports.
The museum was initially opened in 2013 and saw 580,000 visitors that year but in 2015 numbers dramatically sank after around 1,000 migrants erected a makeshift migrant camp along the Quai d’Austerlitz.
Founder of the museum Jean-Jacques Launier said that there were several incidents in 2015 including one in which a Syrian woman gave birth at the door of the museum. Then, after the Bataclan massacre, the number of visitors completely dried up.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:12 am