Morbid Anatomy opens in Brooklyn


Words by Billie Jenkins

Powerhouse of the grotesque and curious, Morbid Anatomy, have opened a new museum in Brooklyn. For those of you unfamiliar with Morbid Anatomy, it began in 2007 as a blog celebrating ‘Art and Medicine, Death and Culture’, exploring themes as diverse side-show ‘Freaks’, death masks, and the curiosity cabinets of private collectors. Since those humble beginnings, they have amassed a huge library of books and artefacts, and have put on several highly acclaimed exhibitions in partnership with significant institutions, including the UK’s own Wellcome Collection. The opening show in their new space, which was made possible through a Kickstarter campaign raising $76,000, is titled ‘The Art of Mourning’, looking at the culture of mourning from the 18th to the 20th century. This will show alongside a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects that were previously only available for the public to view ‘by appointment or luck’. Founder Joanna Ebenstein says the significance of the pieces on housed by the new venue is their place ‘at the intersection of death and beauty’. The venture has become an immediate addition to my bucket list, bring on a trip to Brooklyn. 

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