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Title: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 28, 2010, 10:53:55 AM
One the go, past and future.

Post thoughts, feelings and images related to relevant exhibitions and museums

A friend of mine went visiting this and sounded impressive.

(http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Exquisite-Bodies-at-the-W-001-450x303.jpg)

Exquisite Bodies - London

"In the 19th century, despite the best efforts of body snatchers, the demand from medical schools for fresh cadavers far outstripped the supply. One solution to this gruesome problem came in the form of lifelike wax models. These models often took the form of alluring female figures that could be stripped and split into different sections. Other models were more macabre, showing the body ravaged by 'social diseases' such as venereal disease, tuberculosis and alcohol and drug addiction.

With their capacity to titillate as well as educate, anatomical models became sought-after curiosities, displayed not only in dissecting rooms but also in sideshows and the curiosity cabinets of wealthy Victorian gentlemen. For a small admission fee, visitors seeking an unusual afternoon's entertainment could visit displays of these strange dolls in London, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona.

This exhibition explores the forgotten history of the anatomical model, which with its unique combination of serious science and fairground horror provides a rare insight into 19th-century beliefs about the body.

This exhibition is free. See opening hours

Please note that the exhibition contains explicit material that some visitors may find disturbing. As such it is not recommended for under-18s.

However, if you are planning to visit with younger visitors and would like to make an informed decision about the exhibition's suitability, please see our staff at the Information Point, where images of the exhibits are available to view. More information for parents"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nNvjA2eW2k

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2009/aug/24/exquisite-bodies-exhibition-wellcome-collection


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 28, 2010, 11:50:28 AM
Fucking Hell


This year Venice Biennale highlight from the Chapman bros
Check the video!
http://www.jakeanddinoschapman.com/

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Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 28, 2010, 02:40:32 PM
Criminology Museum - Rome

http://www.museocriminologico.it

I have been there several times. Many resources from the notorious Lombroso archive.
Any sort of torture device and weapon and tons of documents, pictures, arctifats regarding crime in Italy in the past centuries.

There is a whole room dedicated to Mastro Titta, Rome's most acclaimed hangman with a set of guillottines.

(http://static.blogo.it/06blog/MuseoCriminologicodiRomaMUCRI.jpg)

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/232/517492660_890ad5ac8b.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qdjMpEeiDA



Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: kettu on January 28, 2010, 05:13:15 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4208519649_44ed4eb0a7.jpg)

im going to estonia in few weeks to see these guys. bodies I believe its called.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 28, 2010, 05:36:46 PM
That is a great work.
Von hagen did amazing stuff and the idea is more morbid than the exhibition itself that is more fascinating and interesting than "extreme".

Try to get the dvds they have produced with the whole plastination process.

(http://ithinkimdying.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/body-worlds-16.jpg)

www.bodyworlds.com


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: kettu on January 28, 2010, 05:44:39 PM

Try to get the dvds they have produced with the whole plastination process.



they showed somekind of document about it on tv little while back. I wonder if its the same. id love to volunteer at the place but I cant afford to travel that extencively. the only bodies ive seen so far have been fairly fresh hahah. oh and one transformation from living hellraiser/badboy to corpse with bulletholes in it. I doubt any museum will ever top that experience.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 28, 2010, 05:57:08 PM
LOL.

I can check the titles home and tell you about the documentary. I have also downloaded an anatomy class Von Haugen did on BBC that caused some stir since it featured an actual autopsy in studio.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: obscure eruption on January 28, 2010, 06:42:47 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4208519649_44ed4eb0a7.jpg)

im going to estonia in few weeks to see these guys. bodies I believe its called.

Visited this in Dublin. Very lovely. My favourite being a fat female sliced like a loaf of bread to c. 3 cm pieces and then assembled back to body form. Also you can get close view of all internal organs and every layer of body. Lots of aborted fetuses in various stages of development.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: Nil By Mouth on January 29, 2010, 03:51:27 PM
Criminology Museum - Rome

http://www.museocriminologico.it

I have been there several times. Many resources from the notorious Lombroso archive.
Any sort of torture device and weapon and tons of documents, pictures, arctifats regarding crime in Italy in the past centuries.

There is a whole room dedicated to Mastro Titta, Rome's most acclaimed hangman with a set of guillottines.

(http://static.blogo.it/06blog/MuseoCriminologicodiRomaMUCRI.jpg)

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/232/517492660_890ad5ac8b.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qdjMpEeiDA



By the way, some months ago Museum of Criminal Anthropologic of Cesare Lombroso re-opened after years of oblivion.

http://www.museounito.it/lombroso/default.html


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 29, 2010, 04:39:29 PM
I intended to post it ehehe
I saw it when it was closed with all specimen and objects stuffed in dodgy rooms full of dust.
The keeper was extracting corpse parts swimming in formaldeyde from cardboard boxes.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: FreakAnimalFinland on January 31, 2010, 07:57:18 PM
Trevor Brown exhibition end of march to april 11th in Tokyo. About his upcoming alice theme book. Too bad it's over before I get into neighborhood.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: Plague Haus on February 02, 2010, 12:28:48 AM
For the life of me I can't remember the name, but while in Arles France this past summer I walked into an exhibit showing the mistreatment of blacks during the early 20th century in the southern US. It was at the Cloister of St. Trophimus. I don't read French so I had no idea what it was about. The curators stopped me at the entrance and told me it would be immoral (his words) to bring my two daughters in, so of course I had to go.

Lots of photographs of hangings, torture and burnings. Some had been made into postcards while some were photos accompanied by letters. I remember one of a hanging, charred corpse and the letter said something like "Virgil, we had us a nice bar-b-que this past Friday. You can see your son Henry on the bottom left was in attendance".


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on February 12, 2010, 05:11:38 PM

Musée Dupuytren
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Musée Dupuytren is a museum of anatomical items illustrating diseases and malformations. It is located at 15, rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Les Cordeliers, Paris, France, and open weekdays except holidays and university vacations.

The museum was established in 1835 by Mathieu Orfila as the Museum of Pathological Anatomy of the Medicine Faculty of the University of Paris, with the bequest of Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, anatomist and celebrated professor of surgery. The museum was installed in the old refectory of the Cordeliers Convent, gathering collections from throughout the faculty. Its first catalog was compiled between 1836 and 1842, and listed about a thousand specimens. By the late 1870s the museum contained over six thousand pieces.

The museum began a slow decline, however, from later 1800s despite continued acquisition of new collections, and its upkeep became problematic. In 1937 Gustave Roussy ordered the museum shut, with many items subsequently lost or destroyed. However in 1967 Jacques Delarue (1901-1971) brought the museum back to life with a general refurbishment. Today it still retains a superb collection, including specimens dating from the 17th century, as well as wax anatomical models, books, and photographs.

Among many other notable items, the museum contains brains of aphasic patients, preserved in alcohol by the celebrated anatomist Paul Pierre Broca, and used in his research in the localization of brain functions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8_3WT1zbMA


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: kettu on February 15, 2010, 02:59:39 PM
well I went to see bodies exposed yesterday. it wasnt as wast as id hoped it be. there werent any really big ones? they looked cool but I wish there would have been more. I guess it was somekind of an "on the road" version.

favourites were all the full bodies and the full set of bowls. from anus to voice box I believe it was. a great idea for a sex toy!!

edit: the artsiest body was one that looked like a half finished puzzle. some parts were left open and it was much longer than normal because the bits werent in their place. a cool conversational piece for the livingroom, no doubt about it.



Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: Strömkarlen on February 15, 2010, 03:47:24 PM
Did anyone see the Jack the Ripper and the East End exhibition? Any good?

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Julia Hoffbrand, curator of the exhibition says, “Jack the Ripper and the East End will take visitors deep into the labyrinth of late-Victorian Whitechapel. It will reveal the lives of those who inhabited the streets and courts where the murders took place – lives which are obscured in so many accounts of the Ripper murders.

With the original surviving case reports and photographs, and artefacts from late 1880s Whitechapel on public display for the first time, visitors to Museum in Docklands will have the chance to examine the contemporary evidence first hand, enter the world in which the crimes took place and reach their own conclusions about a London story which continues to fascinate and shock.”



Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: ConcreteMascara on February 16, 2010, 03:57:36 AM
This is old news but I'm curious, did anyone make it to the Francis Bacon exhibit at the Tate Modern from Sep. 08 to Jan 09? I had a friend who said it was really excellent, but didn't tell me much more.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: alpharmania on February 16, 2010, 11:21:37 AM
I work nowadays at a local art gallery. The exhibition we have right now is called Likboden. A collective of three artists that work in a corpse storage room from old mental hospital Sidsjön in Sundsvall. Field recordings for "Kodon" tape with Alfarmania was done there, but then it was recently abandoned and not occupied by artists....
one of the artists have narcolepsia and does strange drawings that reminds me about morbid art brut adaption of tove jansson. second artist does work much influenced by francis bacon... grotesque sexual scenes depictured in surreal way... third provided huge portrait of caligula with bleeding eyes, drawings of bestiality acts + video art based on mishimas de sade and their own footage from S21 death camp in cambodia... etc... nothing really groundbreaking but nice to see such work being exposed in small town in northern sweden.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on February 22, 2010, 11:05:06 AM
Oleg Kulik -

(http://images.artnet.com/artwork_images_1151_241530_oleg-kulik.jpg)
 
Never heard of him until this Saturday. His work features of nice depressive black and white pictures of bestiality with him performing (or acting) sex with a variety of animals in rural landscapes, definitely not "classy", looking often as rough amateur porn with depressive black and white. There are also some grotesque cut-ups featuring his vision of modern day russia with strong content of animals relation and sex. Some looks grim, other fascinating. Reminded me Otto Muhel less geeky stuff although we are definitely in those fields.
His whole work seems to be centered around breaking barriers of specism in a way most animal activists would shit in their pants to consider.
Nice videos of him naked acting like a dog in a box and other very industrial looking video cut-ups of experiments, ecc.

I also enjoyed the less extreme stuff (as in picture).


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: alpharmania on February 22, 2010, 08:47:17 PM
I remember an exhibition of Oleg from maybe ten years ago in Stockholm where he performed naked chained as a dog and assaulting & biting those who didn't take the warning signs seriously. I am not sure if I am mixing up later information but I think some swedish neo-nazis (most likely Swedish Resistance Movement) vandalized that or some of his later exhibitions....


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on February 22, 2010, 09:06:37 PM
there was extensive video footage of that performance at the exhibition in Milan.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: Nil By Mouth on March 02, 2010, 05:14:34 PM
http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli-e-cultura/2010/03/02/foto/mostra_russia-2482057/1/

Sorry for the italian language but I don't have found nothing in english. However, it's an exhibitions in St. Peterburg about crime lifes, autopsy etc.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on March 05, 2010, 10:51:15 AM
More infos regarding Lombroso's museum from Atlas Obscura

 Cesare Lombroso's Museum of Criminal Anthropology

Once only open to academics, "Lombroso's Museum" has opened its doors to the public revealing the astonishing collection of an infamous criminologist




As the criminologist Cesare Lombroso examined the skull of the autopsied the body of Giuseppe Villela, the notorious Italian criminal he had just dissected, he discovered a cranial anomaly known as a “median occipital fossette." Lombroso was suddenly overtaken by flash of insight. As he would write many years later

“The sight of that fossette suddenly appeared to me like a broad plain beneath an infinite horizon, the nature of the criminal was illuminated, he must have reproduced in our day the traits of primitive man going back as far as the carnivores.”

What Lombroso felt he had discovered would become his legacy and known throughout the world as the "Italian school of criminology." Lombroso felt that he now understood the true 'scientific' nature of crime and criminals. Put simply, according to Lombroso you didn't learn to become a criminal, you were born to become one. Also called "biological determinism," Lombroso's theory of "anthropological criminology" and the upbeat sounding "positivist criminology" was that criminals were a kind of evolutionary throwback, physically de-evolved, and unfortunately for them they couldn't change because it was part of their biology.

Physical characteristics tied to being a "natural born criminal" were many and included large jaws, forward projection of jaw, low sloping foreheads, high cheekbones, flattened or upturned nose, handle-shaped ears, large chins, hawk-like noses or fleshy lips, hard shifty eyes, scanty beard or baldness, insensitivity to pain and long arms.

Lombroso also believed that race was an indicator of evolution with blacks being the least evolved and whites being the most evolved, or in his words "only we white people have reached the ultimate symmetry of bodily form." Interestingly despite these beliefs (which it should be added were commonly held at the time) Lombroso was not a particularly virulent man and was a believer in reform rather than punishment, and was against capital punishment.

As part of his studies Lombroso collected numerous specimens both biological such as numerous skulls for study, but also weapons used in crimes and other criminological relics. In 1892 Lombroso opened a museum in Turin (narrowly escaping having his collection seized by Rome) bragging "our school has attracted and convinced the best scientists in Europe who did not disdain to send us, as proof of their support, the most valuable documents in their collections.”

Lomborso was a lifelong collector described by his daughter as “Although untidy and neglectful of what he possessed, Lombroso was a born collector – while he walked, while he talked, while he was engaged in discussion; in town, in the country, in court, in prison, on his travels, he was always studying something that no one could see, thus amassing or buying a wealth of curiosities, which at the time no one, not even he himself, could have placed a value on...”

Among the collections he acquired for the museum are hundreds of skulls of soldiers and civilians, natives from 'far-off lands' as well as those of criminals and madmen, dozens of complete skeletons, brains, and wax models of "natural criminals" as well as "drawings, photos, criminal evidence, anatomical sections of "madmen and criminals" and work produced by criminals in the last century, the Gallows of Turin, which were in use until the city's final hanging in 1865 and the possessions of a man known as White Stag, a renowned impostor who convinced Europe he was a great Native American chief."

The collection is topped off by the head of Lombroso himself, "perfectly preserved in a glass chamber."

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Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on July 09, 2010, 04:54:57 PM
Cesare Inzerillo - The dead class

In Salemi - Sicily.

He's been working as scenographer for Cipri' & Maresco, author of most radical/grotesque Italian cults "Toto' who lived twice" , "The Uncle from Brooklyn" and "Cagliostro returns"

His work is inspired by the Cappuccini father's crypts in Palermo.

http://mmedia.kataweb.it/foto/6457662/1/cesare-inzerillo

(http://download.kataweb.it/mediaweb/image/brand_reppalermo/2009/06/15/1245073300055_012.jpg)

(http://download.kataweb.it/mediaweb/image/brand_reppalermo/2009/06/15/1245073298165_005.jpg)

(http://download.kataweb.it/mediaweb/image/brand_reppalermo/2009/06/15/1245073299280_009.jpg)


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on November 15, 2010, 09:53:54 AM
Araki's exhibition in Lugano, very nice and well organize, a personal insight on life-sex-death, featuring plenty of recent works, a whole wall of polaroid stills and the tragic developement of his love life.
I didn't buy the catalogue since it was too big and I don't have such large shelf at home.


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on January 18, 2011, 05:56:16 PM
best exhib I have seen in years.

it looked as if it was organised by us:

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2010/11/disquieting-images.php


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: ironfistofthesun on January 19, 2011, 09:45:12 PM
the strangest place in the uk

http://www.littledeanjail.com/default.asp


Title: Re: Radical exhibitions
Post by: tiny_tove on February 03, 2011, 11:09:13 AM
http://www.fubiz.net/2011/01/13/3d-paintings-on-glass/

genious