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The world’s most Instagrammable museum is full of plagiarised art

Selfie lovers and plagiarised masterpiece enthusiasts will get a kick out of Indonesia’s Rabbit Town.

Opened to the public in February, Rabbit Town is a museum with a twist. Where some museums forbid the bright flash of cameras, Rabbit Town not only allows it, but also encourages it. In fact, this two-hectare property has been described as the most “Instagrammable museum on earth.”

What makes it so Instagrammable is the massive collection of plagiarised art this place has pulled off. Turn to the left and you have Rabbit Town’s Sticker Room which looks oddly familiar to Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room installation.

Never too old to feel young and have a lil fun💛 and don’t forget to SELFIE 📸 . . WISATA SELFIE RABBIT TOWN “The way to more happiness” Jalan Ranca Bentang 30-32 Ciumbeluit BANDUNG Senin – Sabtu: 10AM-8PM Minggu : 9AM-8PM . Photo courtesy of @mrsvi_26

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Weekend kemana? Yuk kt WISATA SELFIE! . . WISATA SELFIE RABBIT TOWN “The way to more happiness” Jalan Ranca Bentang 30-32 Ciumbeluit BANDUNG Senin – Sabtu: 10AM-8PM Minggu : 9AM-8PM #bdgfoodies #bdgshop #bdgsociety #infobdg #wisataselfie #family #jakarta #tanggerang #foodbgr #destinasiwisata #destinasibdg #jomblo #coupleinlove #jarangpiknik #kurangpiknik #bdginlove #bandungpunyacerita #wisatabaru #koranindo #makanmakan #rekreasi #lovelightbandung #rabbittown #lovelightPC

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Make another turn and you’re faced with an almost-exact replica of Chris Burden’s 2008 Urban Light installation. The original was created in Los Angeles using vintage street lamps; this one is smack bang in the middle of Bandung, Indonesia. Rabbit Town calls their version, Love Light.

Hii sahabat @rabbittown.id jangan lupa hari ini bakalan ada Live music di Love Light area! Yukk "Malming" ke @rabbittown.id dan jangan lewatkan keseruannya! . WISATA SELFIE RABBIT TOWN “The way to more happiness” Jalan Ranca Bentang 30-32 Ciumbeluit BANDUNG Senin – Sabtu: 10AM-8PM Minggu : 9AM-8PM #bdgfoodies #bdgshop #bdgsociety #infobdg #wisataselfie #family #jakarta #tanggerang #foodbgr #destinasiwisata #destinasibdg #jomblo #coupleinlove #jarangpiknik #kurangpiknik #bdginlove #bandungpunyacerita #wisatabaru #koranindo #makanmakan #rekreasi #lovelightbandung #rabbittown #lovelightPC

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Selamat siang sahabat @rabbittown.id Sekarang di @rabbittown.id kita bakal adain PHOTO COMPETITION di area Love Light loh! Kompetisi dimulai dari tanggal 9 Maret 2018 – 20 April 2018. Cara mengikuti kompetisinya meliputi : – Follow instagram kami @rabbittown.id – Buat foto sekeren mungkin di Love Light area – tag Instagram kami – Gunakan hastag #rabbittown #lovelightbandung #lovelightPC kami akan memilih satu pemenang yang akan di umumkan pada tanggal 22 April 2018 dengan mendapatkan uang tunai sebesar Rp.1.680.000.00,- Jangan lewatkan keseruannya ya! Siapa tau kamu pemenangnya❤ Note : salah satu penilaian dilihat dari total likes dan comment❤

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There’s even a very sneaky tribute to the Museum of Ice Cream.

Dreaming of ice creams 🍦 . . . . . . . #rabbittown #rabbittown_bdg #rabbittownbandung #indonesianfashionblogger #lookbookindonesia #explorebandung #allblackoutfit #ootdindonesia #whatiwore #ootdbandung

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#holiday #weekend #trip #family #rabbittown

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Call these artworks plagiarised and its owner, Kagum hotel group CEO Henry Husada, will disagree.

“There are many differences between those art works and what is there in Rabbit Town,” Husada told The Outline. “From a young age I have loved stickers, that is why we have a Sticker Room.”

As for why the museum-theme park has an installation that looks 99 percent like Chris Burden’s 2008 installation? Husada says he’s always loved electricity.

“As for Love Light, I have also loved lamps and electricity since I was young,” he says.

Selamat datang ibu ibu TK Miftahul jannah baleendah.

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Instagram has already shut down one Rabbit Town account at the urging of the Museum of Ice Cream’s representatives.

“Rabbit Town has grown ever more notorious for their blatant disregard of artist’s intellectual property,” the museum’s rep said in an email to Artnet. “Instagram’s legal department has already been notified about this attempt to circumvent our efforts and we anticipate it being shut down very soon.

“After countless hours of creating something as unique as Museum of Ice Cream, we want to ensure the ideas and designs stay within the walls that they were born.”

Other Instagram users are also catching onto the plagiarism and voicing their frustration.

Hey @rabbittown.id … it's cool you wanna bring some LA flavor to Indonesia, but blocking the people tagging @lacma in the comments doesn't really go with chill West coast vibes… Chris Burden’s “Urban Lights” installation is pretty iconic lol • #lacma #urbanlights #chrisburden #permanentcollection #10thanniversary #rabbittown #indonesia #art #installationart #losangeles #la #california #westcoast #modernart #sculpture #lighting #nightphotography #palmtrees #instagrammuseum #instagood #instacool #dietprada

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At the time of publishing, the Museum of Ice Cream was the only party to have sent Rabbit Town a cease and desist.

Via The Outline

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