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Moderna museet

Modern museum evacuated after bomb threat

Published tisdag 17 april 2012 kl 18.17
Arial shot of the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm. Photo Bertil Ericson / SCANPIX

The Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm was evacuated after a bomb threat on Tuesday evening, reports news agency TT. The police sent bomb technicians and dogs to the museum, which is located on a small island in downtown Stockholm.

The newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that a man called the museum switchboard Tuesday afternoon. Speaking in English, he said a bomb was placed somewhere in the museum and that he was not joking.

The tabloid Aftonbladet reported that the man who made the bomb threat said that the museum was racist.

The Modern Museum was at the center of a controversy on Sunday in connection with a visit from Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, the Minister of Culture. She participated in a ceremony at the museum where she cut up a cake in the shape of a naked black woman.

The Association for African Swedes was outraged and called for her resignation, saying the cake was "racist".

The artist, Makode Linde, who designed the cake, disagrees. He is known for using his artwork to explore hot button issues like racism and the western world's stereotypes of Africa.

The bomb threat was received hours after Sweden's Queen Silvia and the Finnish president's wife, Jenni Haukio, visited the museum on Tuesday.

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