Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

An Instagram-Baiting Museum in Indonesia tears Chris Burden and Yayoi Kusama
Indonesia has abandoned the “Obliteration Room” of Kusama and Burden’s “Urban Light”.

The latest ‘museum’ experience from Instagram can be found here, and it seems to be a little familiar.

 

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Allow us to introduce you to Rabbit Town, a new Indonesian selfie paradise. The biggest attractions are installations that resemble many reproduced works by artists Chris Burden and Yayoi Kusama, as well as carbon copies of different rooms from the ultra-popular The Museum of Ice Cream.

A self-styled “selfie tourist destination” – “swafoto” in Indonesian-Rabbit City is the brainchild of Henry Husada, the chairman and CEO of the Kagum hotel group. Rabbit Town is named after its constellation: Husada was born in 1963, the year of the rabbit. (Indonesian news broadcast Kompas has a picture of a room full of statues of the museum’s unnamed animal collected by the founder from 17 countries, but the display lacks the attraction of a selfie.

 

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Rabbit Town used to be the private house of Husada and is located on the island of West Java, in the city of Bandung, part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which has led to some ridicule on social media, on the accusation that the plagiarism of other artists does not very creative.

Visitors to the Museum of Art in Los Angeles are greeted by Urban Light by Chris Burden (2008), an enormous installation consisting of 202 working street lights. At Rabbit Town they can pose with the almost identical looking love light.

Museum of Ice-Cream

 

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Rabbit Town used to be the private house of Husada and is located on the island of West Java, in the city of Bandung, part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which has led to some ridicule on social media, on the accusation that the plagiarism of other artists does not very creative.

Visitors to the Museum of Art in Los Angeles are greeted by Urban Light by Chris Burden (2008), an enormous installation consisting of 202 working street lights. At Rabbit Town they can pose with the almost identical looking love light.

 

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

A quick look at Rabbit Town’s Instagram account also reveals that the museum has made its own version of the popular banana, ice cream cone and palm cream rooms of the Museum of Ice Cream. After the debut of a New York pop-up in 2016, these institution-specific institution locations have been unveiled in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

The similarities between Rabbit Town and these existing works have been noticed by Instagram fashion-knockoff police @ diet_prada, Coconuts Jakarta, as well as the Indonesian-language outlets detiktravel, linetoday, hai and kumparan. (However, it is worth noting that Urban Light itself is reminiscent of Sheila Klein’s Vermonica (1993), a display of 25 lampposts installed in a mall in LA Strip to commemorate the Rodney King riots, as indicated by W

 

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

Instagram-Baiting Museum Indonesia

 

“Rabbit Town has become infamous because of their blatant disregard for the intellectual property of the artist”, a representative for the Museum of Ice Cream told Artnet News in an e-mail, in which he notes that Instagram is an initial Rabbit House account. had blocked on their insistence. “The legal department of Instagram has already been informed of this attempt to circumvent our efforts and we expect it to be stopped soon.”

“After having created something unique as a Museum of Ice Cream for countless hours, we want to ensure that the ideas and designs remain within the walls where they were born”, the representative added to work with other artists involved to to set right.

Rabbit Town appears to have no website and has disabled comments on its Instagram account, which has 18,000 followers. According to Arcom Media Rabbit Town also houses a number of live animals, with birds, monkeys, koi fish and yes, rabbits. Other attractions include a millennial pink ball pit, a multi-colored striped wall and an inverted Spider-Man image that you can pretend to kiss to recreate the scene from the 2002 film.

The museum has been operational since January 11 this year, but plans to hold a grand opening party on Husada’s birthday, April 22, as reported by destinasianews. Tickets cost 25,000 Indonesian rupees (about $ 1.82) and the slogan is “the road to more luck”.

From the time of the press, artnet News had received no comments from Rabbit Town, LACMA or Kusama’s gallery, David Zwirner.

View more photos from the Rabbit Town on Instagram .

Kind regards Pierre.

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