Museum server in Germany crashes as people rush to buy tickets for Warhol exhibition

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Interest in a major exhibition about Pop Art icon Andy Warhol led a German museum's server to crash as art lovers rushed to buy tickets following four months' abstinence from art due to the pandemic, dpa reported.

From Saturday, visitors were able to book slots to visit the exhibition at Cologne's Museum Ludwig as cultural institutions in the country gradually reopen. However, the museum website was quickly brought down by the level of demand. "Our technicians are working at full speed" to fix things, a spokesperson said.

Starting on Monday, museums, zoos and more retail outlets in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Cologne is located, will be allowed to reopen, but visitors must book appointments ahead.

At the Museum Ludwig, only 73 visitors are allowed in the exhibition space for a two-hour time-slot.

The exhibition, titled "Andy Warhol Now," features more than 100 works and aims to paint a new picture of the most important Pop Art artist. It focuses on his sexual orientation, his background as a migrant and his religious faith. In addition, it shows how Warhol (1928-1987) was an early multimedia artist who, for example, interviewed well-known and lesser-known Americans for print and television formats.

For the Cologne museum, it is the most important exhibition in years. It had originally been slated to open in December and was due to run until mid-June.

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