Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures

Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf


Much has been written about „Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures“, and most verdicts have been mediocre at best. Especially the concept has been criticised as not innovative enough and a rather random compilation.

But I must admit that I personally really liked the exhibition! For one it is very beautifully and even caringly made with the rooms in different colours and all the little cabinets and cases. The over 400 exhibition pieces have been sorted into eight rooms, and more or less manifestly bear further connections and correlations amongst them, crossing epochs and significations. (The fact that all eight rooms are accomodated in one museum hall makes the visit very concentrated and even intimate – as if one would walk leisurely through a three-dimensional bullet journal.) What all the pieces possess together, though, is a great sensuality. And also covetousness or the wish and the impossibility to imbibe something beautiful find expression – as in the case of the skins of five male  red-necked tanagers (although they probably have been shot and stuffed under the cover of science).

Whoever feels the need, though, to be irradiated by and recharged with beauty, should spend a little while in the green room (no. 2, the one with the tanagers).

Julia Maurer







1010 Wien








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