Klaus takes us on a fascinating tour behind the public exhibition spaces of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna.
It all started when I happened to look through a basement window of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna one night. Inside, there was an office with a desk, computers, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This image remained ingrained in my mind and I started to wonder if constellations like this could be found in other areas of the museum and, also, what a museum would look like away from public exhibition spaces.
This tour took him nearly four years of spending hour upon hour wandering through the museum premises and searching for scenes where exhibits and their surrounding spaces enter a unique relationship.
The result is a wonderful book full of captivating photographs. It tells the story of a fascinating world behind the walls of a museum and some photographs, I have to admit, remind me of the movie Night at the Museum, when the artefacts come to life at night.
"Skeletons in the Closet features a selection of photographs from the backstage areas of the Natural History Museum Vienna, including storage rooms, basements and depots. The non-staged photographs of the book focus on the random interactions between the stored exhibits amongst each other or the surrounding spaces. Skeletons in the Closet is a collection of sometimes absurd sceneries and strange still lives, accompanied by written reflections on the bloody past of natural history museums."
More about the book and how to order it can be found on Klaus Pichler's website
Please make sure to look at his other projects as well, really worthwhile!