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Hyungkoo Lee's "Animatus" in Basel. Yes, Basel!

by Suzanne on May 31st, 2008


Canis Latrans Animatus by Hyungkoo Lee

Ah, my good old Basilea - always a surprise in store. No, don't you worry, this post is not about the upcoming Art Basel - which I've stubbornly and successfully boycotted since 1979 (yay!) - it's about Hyungkoo Lee's Animatus exhibition at Basel's Natural History Museum - hidden away at the steep Augustinergasse leading up to Basel's magnificent Münster.

The museum's special exhibition programme has fascinated me for quite some time now, and I don't know whether it's a good or a bad sign for a city's art "scene" when the most interesting exhibitions are held at science museums. At any rate, it doesn't really matter much to me since I've always liked the presence of pickled, taxidermied and embalmed things around me while contemplating.

And Hyungkoo Lee's works - previously featured here - couldn't have wished for a better surrounding. Not only has the museum allowed his skeletal sculptures of iconic cartoon characters enough space, they also got a team of scientists to reconstruct Canis Latrans Animatus (c.f. image above) and prove that Lee's skeletons are indeed anatomically correct (you can watch a short GIF of the reconstruction process here).

On a side note, I'll be back in Helvetia for a few days in mid-July - mainly to see Sigur Rós in Zurich and the above exhibition in Basel, but please do let me know if you're around too. I miss less than half of you Helvetistani half as much as you deserve. Errm.. no, waa-aaaait. o_O

(Oh, and Jan, I owe you that Cattelan exhibition I/we missed. I haven't forgotten. Let's go to Basel instead!)

Opened: Today, May 31, 2008

On show: May 31 - August 31, 2008

Address: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Augustinergasse 2, CH-4001 Basel, Switzerland, tel: +41 61 266 55 00 | Map

Download/press area | GIF animation of reconstruction

Artist's website

Many thanks to my amazing mum for letting me know about this exhibition!