The leak was discovered on Wednesday. According to the M HKA the works of art were in the water for a couple of hours, no longer.
The damaged works of art have been put out to dry waiting for the insurance experts to calculate the damages. The damages are expected to run into the hundreds of thousands of Euros.
The exhibition Textiles - Art and Social Fabric, on the ground floor, has closed a couple of days earlier than expected. The exhibition was a large-scale group show of artists who use textile materials or related concepts in their work. As compensation people can visit the other exhibitions in the museum for free this weekend.
The M HKA was closed last year for 5 months when the museum underwent major renovations. The renovation is still underway in the cellar depots. The leak sprung in an area that has not yet been renovated.