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Musée Bizarre closure, private tours & liquidation sale

by Suzanne on December 30th, 2010

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

It is with immense sadness and great devastation that I inform you of the closure of one of the most fantastic, most imaginary, most magical museums I have ever had the honour to visit. After 11 years of being a most mind-blowing Wunderkammer, the Musée Bizarre (previously featured here) has now officially closed its doors, or curtains, rather.

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

As I just learned in an email from the museum, private tours can still be booked until the end of January 2011. There will be one very last public tour on January 9, 2011. Sometime after the end of January, the liquidation sale of all the exhibits will commence. A closing reception will be held on February 5, 2011.

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

I consider myself very privileged to have had the opportunity to visit the Musée Bizarre countless times. I will always remember Margaretha Dubach as the best curator and mastermind a museum has ever had. A wise, generous and deeply curious nature, she always had time for a chat about taxidermia and forteana and I wish her and Jürg Willi all the very best for their artistic future from the bottom of my stuffed little mouse heart.

I will look after my Hieronymouse, dear Margaretha, I promise, and I will hopefully see you both at the liquidation sale. Who knows, maybe Hieronymouse will get a little skeletal sister?

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

P.S. I: Please excuse the bad quality of these pictures. I took them with a very shitty camera back in the olden days before the introduction of megapixels.

Do Nerds Dream of Polished Gynoids?

by Suzanne on December 29th, 2010

Gynoid/Skull Session I by Hajime Sorayama - click to enlarge

Ah, the ultimate nerd exhibition... nerdibition... hails from ze future!

2011 will be the year Hajime Sorayama finally gets his well-deserved retrospective looking back at an artistic career spanning over four decades.

There will be signature works from Sorayama's four main genres of artistic endeavour: Pin-ups, Myth & Fantasy, Robots & Gynoids, Erotic & Fetish.

Despite not being the biggest fan of the former two, I've been following and admiring Sorayama's contribution to the latter from a very early... probably too early... age and it is my great hope that this exhibition will become a travelling show for us robot deprived Europeans to get to see it too.

Gynoid by Hajime Sorayama - click to enlarge

Gering & López are pretty slow at releasing information and there are no precise exhibition dates up yet so I assume it's best you put yourself on their mailing list if you don't want to miss the reception.

On show: Jan - Feb, 2011

Address: Gering & López Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, New York, NY 10019, tel: 646 336 7183

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Artist's website | Sorayama books

Sandra Yagi show at Bert Green Fine Art, L.A.

by Suzanne on December 29th, 2010

Lizardbrain (left) and Reptilian Hunger (right) by Sandra Yagi, oil on panel, 2010 - click to enlarge

Very early announcement for Sandra Yagi's upcoming Andreas Vesalius meets Albertus Seba exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art in L.A.

Opens today in a fortnight. All details below.

No, I can't explain either why things are suddenly getting so well organised over here. It is slightly creepy.

Opening reception: Wed, Jan 12, 2011, 6 - 8.30 PM

On show: Jan 12 - Feb 19, 2011

Address: Bert Green Fine Art, 102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, LA, tel: 213-842-8574 | Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview show | Press

Junji Ito's "Hanging Balloons" and other decapitations...

by Suzanne on December 29th, 2010

It seems that I've survived the social horrors of Whatevermas 2010 only thanks to the materialistic splendour of it all.

And now that it's only a matter of hours until Mercury Retrograde will fuck off and increase my interweb speed again, I thought 'tis the perfect time to share some new scanlations with you that the generous people at Same Hat! have been working on and tumblring about: Namely Hanging Balloons by Junji Ito. Which would have been part of Museum of Terror had it not been killed by Dark Horse, apparently.

Excerpt from Hanging Balloons by Junji Ito - click to enlarge

It's probably easiest to read the whole story by using the "hangingballoons" tag on their Tumblr as it's posted image/scanned page by image/scanned page. The scanlation has now reached page 30 and new pages are queued to be posted daily for your enhanced serialised pleasure.

Make sure to RSS their blog so you won't miss a page.


The scanlation is now available in its entirety over here!

In related headless news, Jeremy Enecio wants you to celebrate NYE the old-fashioned way:

Tribal Justice by Jeremy Enecio, 2010 - click to enlarge

The 2010 Blog List

by Suzanne on December 23rd, 2010

© Married to the Sea - click to enlarge

So here it finally is, the updated, ethnically cleansed, RSS synched 2010 list of the blogs I like, support, endorse, follow. You can also find it in the permanent blogroll in the sidebar.

If you're outraged you're not on it or a blog you love is not listed, or, au contraire, are shocked that your name appears amongst all this filth, submit your link for consideration here.

Merry Fuckmas, my monkeys!

A Case of Curiosities
A Journey Round My Skull
Alex CF
Alexandra Groover
Andrea Natale
Angeliska Gazette
Anita Collins
Arrested Motion
Audrey Kawasaki
Beinart Surreal Art
Brendan Danielsson
Cabinet Magazine
Casey Cripe
Cathedral of Shit
Chris Conn Askew
Chris Ryniak
Daily Serving
Darren Holmes
Derek Nobbs
Dossier Journal
DR Tenge
Enchanted Doll
Eric Fortune
Esao Andrews
Estelle Hanania
Fecal Face
Feh Yes Vintage Manga
Fred Einaudi
Free Art London List
General Surgeon
Haute Macabre
Hi Fructose
James Jean
Jeremy Enecio
Jeremy Geddes
Jessica McCourt
Joao Ruas
Judith Schaechter
Junko Mizuno
Kelly Louise Judd
Kris Knight
Kristen Ferrell
Le Dernier Cri
Le Wub
Madame Talbot
Married to the Sea
Miss Melanine
Monster Brains
Morbid Anatomy
Nimit Malavia
No Layout
Piece 0 Plastic
Ravishing Beasts
Right Some Good
Rik Garrett
Rogue Taxidermists
Sam Weber
Same Hat!
Sang Bleu
Scott Musgrove
She Walks Softly
Start Drawing
Stephane Blanquet
Street Anatomy
The Art Newspaper
The Londonist
The Obscure Hollow
The Stuntkid
Thomas Gerber
Tom Bagshaw
Traveling with the Ghost
Travis Louie
Trevor Brown
Tropical Toxic
Ubu Web
Ultra Violent Lolita
Uno Moralez
Veronique Meignaud
Victor Castillo
We Make Money Not Art
Wellcome Library
Why not?

Silent (Movie) Night

by Suzanne on December 22nd, 2010

For the past few days, Rob (site back up very soon) and I have been watching our weary little eyes sore at the countless episodes of Louis Feuillade's 1915 masterpiece Les Vampires (with the ever hypnotic Musidora as spicy Irma Vep) so I decided I'll take this opportunity to share three totally unrelated silent films with you that you might not have seen yet. Because there's beauty in chaos and structure in the random. Okay, no, I just made that up, but nevermind.

First up is what I believe is the actual proof that the Tree Octopus myth was not actually an internet hoax from the 90s, but a much older cinematic deception by Jean Painlevé who shot this "rare footage of a tree octopus" in 1928. Do close your eyes when the doll appears for I swear, this traumatising scene will scar your retinae and souls for good. BUT I'VE WARNED YOU. OH, HOW I HAVE!

(La Pieuvre des arbres by Jean Painlevé, 1928 - via Sang Bleu)

Next up is Aelita: Queen of Mars from 1924 (hey, I said they have NOTHING to do with one another!).

Directed by Yakov Protazanov and based on Alexei Tolstoy's novel of the same name, it's a Sovieto-Martian sci-fi tale with very futureproof outfits.

Watch the entire film in 9 parts on YouTube.

Aelita: Queen of Mars (excerpt) from Tom Hill / Origamibiro on Vimeo.

Aelita by Yakov Protazanov, 1928 - with new soundtrack by Tom Hill - via Sense of Cinema

In mildly related silent movie news, if you're a lover of early 20th century serpentine and butterfly dances, may I also invite you to check out some of the titles shown at Barbican's Dreams of Darkness and Colour screening during this year's Fashion in Film festival?

For those unfortunate ones of you who have never seen the inspiring Loie Fuller perform, let's open the 114-year-old curtains once more:

A serpentine dance performance by Loie Fuller, recorded in 1896.

And that's that.

Anta… Odeli … Uta.

London's Museum of Everything #3 closes tomorrow! RUUUUUN!

by Suzanne on December 22nd, 2010

By Walter Potter - image courtesy The Telegraph, click to enlarge

A quick but important last minute call for Londoners/people stuck in London because this city can't cope with winter:

Tomorrow Thursday is your FINAL chance to go and see the amazing Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill co-curated by the great, the magnificent Sir Peter Thomas Blake.

Walter Potter taxidermy? Tick.
Creepy wind-up toys? Tick.
A miniature fairground extravaganza? Tick.
Gorgeous old circus art? Tick.
Amusement machines from a distant past? Tick.
A room covered in shells? Tick.
Curiosa and forteana? Tick.
Politically incorrect freak show photographs? Tick.
Traumatising Judy & Punch sets? Tick.
A jar of sweet free to steal? Tick.
Wurzeltod approved? TICK. TICK. TICK. TICK. TICK.

Now leave everything behind and run! (Well, obviously not RIGHT NOW cause it's dark and stuff...)

The Death and Burial of Cock Robin by Walter Potter - image courtesy The Telegraph, click to enlarge

On show: Oct 13 - Dec 23, 2010

Address: Museum of Everything, right behind the library on the corner of Regents Park Road and Sharpleshall Street, London NW1 | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: 10.30 AM - 6.30 PM

Admission: Donations welcome

Guardian review

Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max at Lenbachhaus, Munich

by Suzanne on December 21st, 2010

Der Atelierbesuch by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max - click to enlarge

Whether it was painting the darkly erotic subtleties of religious ecstasy or revealing the primate nature behind human thirst for knowledge and destruction thereof in a time of great inventions, Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (previously featured here) excelled at it.

Much like Goya, his animal portrays are way more than just allegorical or metaphorical depictions of human behaviour, they have a profundity and clarity that transcends the canvas.

Die ekstatische Jungfrau Katharina Emmerich by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max, 1885 - click to enlarge

A true homo universalis, von Max was a naturalist, anthropologist, philosopher, mythicist, parapsychologist, Darwinist, anatomist, ethnographer, but first and foremost, he was a very empathetic painter.

Munich's Lenbachhaus Kunstbau is currently remembering the great master with a beautifully curated retrospective entitled Malerstar, Darwinist, Spiritist and I couldn't have put it better.

This is one not to miss if you're in Germany between now and the end of January. Details below.

Affe vor Skelett by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 23, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011

Address: Kunstbau, Königsplatz / U-Bahn, Zwischengeschoss, 80333 München, Germany, tel: +49 89 233 32 00 0 | Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: 8 €

Preview show

Chris Conn Askew News

by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010

Arcadia by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge

Yes! It's that time of the year again when the magnificent monsieur CC (previously featured here) releases limited edition prints. Hurrah!

This time, it's the spicy Arcadia (see image above). She comes as a gorgeous 12”x18 giclee print, signed and numbered in an edition of 250. All I can say is: BUNS!

I'm fortunate enough to own one of Chris' Six Girls prints and the colours are super rich and the paper well sourced so I'm sure Mlle Arcadia will make you just as happy.

Ordering couldn't be easier as you just use Chris' PayPal email nolovelost007@hotmail.com to send him $120 US plus $8 US for shipping (to ANYWHERE in the world - now isn't that nice!). Make sure your shipping address is correct, you morons! Details here (if you're suspicious that I'm making you send money to the Molvanian Trotskyist dentist party).

Mammon bless our modern times when financial ruin/collector's bliss is just one mouse click away.

Chris says about the shipping:

I will be able to begin shipping on December 17th, and all orders will be processed immediately, in the order in which they arrived. If you want an express option, that is available for $20 US (instead of the standard $8, not in addition to), and the postal office assured me that any domestic packages expressed by the 23rd of December will arrive by Xmas. If you are outside of the US, and are interested in an express option, please email me and I will try to work something out for you.

But please don't stress the man!

In other merry Askewian news, Chris is going to finally have a solo show at the Merry Karnowsky gallery in L.A. in November of 2011. We'll keep you posted on that. Happy times!

The master himself again:

as i don’t actually own any of my own paintings, i am going to be working double-overtime at the paint factory for the rest of the year, so that i can stock the show nicely with all-new work, totally unseen by the public eye in any form ‘til the opening. as a result, i will only be able to sell a very small handful of originals this year, much less than usual, and a similar number of prints.

Discuss Chris Conn Askew on the WurzelForum.

Martin Wittfooth at Roq La Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010

The Devil's Playground by Martin Wittfooth, oil on cradled panel - click to enlarge

Martin Wittfooth - recently featured on Bonnie's beautiful Symbiotica blog - is currently exhibiting works from his Gardens series at Kirsten's ever fabulous Roq La Rue gallery.

Go. Check. It. Out. Yo.

On show: Dec 10 - 29, 2010

Address: Roq La Rue, 2312 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed-Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Preview show

Artist's website

Martin Wittfooth on the WurzelForum