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Musée Bizarre closure, private tours & liquidation sale

Posted in Cryptozoology, Curiosa & Forteana, Interna, Sculpture, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on December 30th, 2010 | BBC Wikipedia


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.

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4 comments to " Musée Bizarre closure, private tours & liquidation sale "

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    klav says:

    :-(

    That is some sad news. This year needs to die now.

    December 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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    kid37 says:

    Heavens! What a loss. There ought to be a law to prevent such closures. Let's all hope for a merrier 2011.

    December 31st, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I couldn't agree more. Having said that, they don't really explain the reasons behind the decision to close it so we can only speculate whether it was a financial or a personal decision. Either way, it's very sad and I will try my best to get hold of some of Margaretha's unique creations. Happy New Year to you! x

    January 1st, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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