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Important Musée Bizarre Liquidation Update

Posted in Cryptozoology, Curiosa & Forteana, Eyecandy, Interna, Medicine / Anatomy, Sculpture, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on March 13th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

As I reported at the end of last year, the Musée Bizarre in Baden, Switzerland has closed its doors and all the exhibits, displays, dioramae, taxidermy, medical equipment etc. etc. will be sold off in a liquidation auction starting this coming Saturday, March 19, 2011, 4 PM - with subsequent auctions taking place on March 26, March 30 and April 2.

The thought of a unique art collection of epic Walter Potter proportions being split up amongst strangers who might only know little about how to preserve taxidermy and the collection never to be tracked or shown in its entirety again has been breaking Hieronymouse's and my heart for months now and I've been trying to find solutions as to how to save the museum from this dreadful fate. A potential collaboration with the Swiss Frog Museum seems sadly impossible at this time.

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

Thankfully, however, great minds in Switzerland have been starting to get active at the same time and it is with great joy and hope that I can announce that my friend Christian D. Link - a great magician and collector of all things fortean, haunted and embalmed - has joined forces with a group of committed enthusiasts and is looking for like-minded individuals to join the struggle to save the Musée Bizarre.

Sadly, we don't have the luxury of time anymore as it's less than a week until the auction but with the Swiss media being pretty unaware and uncaring about it all and with attention so low, there's a good chance that at the very least the core part and hopefully the outstanding Mice Museum (last picture below) can be preserved and once again turned into a public collection with your help.

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

If you're interested in helping out, please use the comments section below, email me or get directly in touch with Christian at info(AT)zauberlink(DOT)ch and we'll let you know how you can help.

On a more person level, I'm currently trying to make a memorial picture archive of the museum, so if you have ever been to the museum and taken pictures, please do email them to me with your credits etc. (please use Dropbox or similar for large files).

You can also contribute to our cause by reposting this but please try not to leak it to the "big" Swiss media as we're trying to keep a low profile to guarantee our outmost chances at the auction.

Part of the Mouse Museum of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

The Walter Potter debacle must never happen again so let us preserve cultural uniqueness, outsider art and our eternally bizarre heritage while we still can to prevent the arts from homogeneity and predictability.

Thank you for your attention.


- Suzanne

P.S.: To see more pictures of the museum, please click here. Please excuse the bad quality - I took them with a very shitty camera back in the olden days before the introduction of megapixels.

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Sad stuff, boring stuff, embarrassing stuff, demented stuff, good stuff. says:

    [...] this weekend, I will have more news for you about the Musée Bizarre situation but right now it’s still top-secret. Exciting times. Share my bad taste:Related [...]

    March 18th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Margaretha Dubach’s Mice Museum at Naturhistorisches Museum, Bern says:

    [...] not sure how many of you remember my appeal to save the beloved Mice Museum that I posted back in March this [...]

    November 18th, 2011 at 2:41 am

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