The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

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The interior of the Viktor Wynd museum

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is a museum and bar in Hackney Central, situated in a former call centre on Mare Street in the London Borough of Hackney.[1][2] It is operated by Viktor Wynd[3] and part of The Last Tuesday Society and was funded on Kickstarter in 2015.[4]

The museum collection includes classic curiosities such as hairballs, two headed lambs and Fiji mermaids, its art collection spans several centuries including the largest collection of work by Austin Osman Spare on public display and what is reputed to be the country's largest collection of work by the Anglo-Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington.[citation needed] The museum's natural history collection includes dodo bones and extinct bird feathers, as well as much taxidermy and the skeleton of a giant anteater. It has a section dedicated to the Dandy including Sebastian Horsley's nails from his crucifixion and drawings and archive material to do with Stephen Tennant, a collection of human remains including shrunken heads, Tribal Skulls, dead babies in bottles and parts of pickled prostitutes, tribal art collected in The Congo and New Guinea by the proprietor, fossils, and scientific and medical instruments.[5] It also displays celebrity faecal matter, erotica[6] and condoms used by the Rolling Stones. The contents of the museum are insured for £1million.[7] The museum is generally open to the public but is occasionally hired out for private events.[8]

The Museum holds regular exhibitions of artists including Alasdair Gray, Mervyn Peake & Gunter Grass[9] Robin Ironside [10] and English Surrealists [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J.C. (1 October 2015). "N.B.: Horizon and the CIA". WSJ.
  2. ^ Oliver Wainwright. "A two-headed lamb and ancient dildos: the UK's strangest new museum". the Guardian.
  3. ^ "Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors". Viktor Wynd. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ Tolhurst, Alain. "Help London's weirdest museum create home for bizarre curiosities in Hackney". Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ Viktor Wynd: Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders. Prestel Publishing.
  6. ^ "A history of London in 10 sex objects". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ "Connoisseur of the curious". Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  8. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "A new museum for a new London: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History". artdaily.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  9. ^ "Three Authors And Their Art At Museum Of Curiosities". Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  10. ^ Ironside., Robin. "Robin Ironside: Neo-Romantic Visionary". www.robinironside.org. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  11. ^ "Surreal England @ The Last Tuesday Society & The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities". Retrieved 2015-10-03.

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