Tuesday 23 January 2024

Pagan Eye: Cabinets of Death at Viktor Wynd's Museum

Cabinets of Death is the wonderful title of a new exhibition at Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities in East London. I had a look around when I was there on Sunday before teaching a scrying workshop and took the photo above. The picture shows the entrance to one of the eerie cabaret restaurants fashionable in late 19th century Paris. 

I rather like that my photo shows a spooky reflection in the glass of the display opposite with the words "Cabinets of Death" visible. It's a Pepper's Ghost effect - a trick used in 19th century theatres to give the illusion of spectral things on stage.

More about the exhibition itself: Cabinets of Death: Death Museum and Cocktelarium is co-curated by Bompas and Parr and Joanna Ebenstein and is about the ‘Death Cabarets’ and the rituals and motifs surrounding death. It also celebrates Mel Gordon's new publication Cabarets of Death edited by Joanna Ebenstein and published by Strange Attractor. You can pop in and see it for free as all the exhibits are in the main bar area of The Absinthe Parlour. 

The Viktor Wynd Museum is at 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP. You can find out more here: https://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/museum/

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting - seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you've taken yourself.

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