Professor Beneš’ Cabinet of Mysteries

Professor Beneš’ Cabinet of Mysteries

Apr 15 2021 - Dec 31 2021
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In our current exhibition " Professor Beneš’ Cabinet of Mysteries" the lifelong entomological collection of the world-renowned neurosurgeon, Professor Vladimír Beneš, will be welcoming you in a dialogue with works of art from the Museum Montanelli collection.
Curator Dadja Altenburg Kohl conceived her installation as an idiosyncratic wunderkabinet in which she links the realm of the microcosm with contemporary art in unexpected contexts along with cult objects concerning life, death and documentation from pragmatic medicine. What connects a collection of beetles, art, ritual symbols and the human anatomy? Perhaps simple beauty, maybe the desire for knowledge. All depends on the viewing angle.
Thus, this exhibition connects the long-term, conceptual-authorial tendencies of Dadja Altenburg Kohl’s exhibitions, in which the worlds of art, science, politics, religion and philosophy co-exist together. This is certainly one of the reasons why Museum Montanelli has been ranked among the most interesting of the European cultural institutions of its kind.

The dialogue between the doctor, the entomologist Professor Beneš, and the curator, the doctor Professor Altenburg Kohl, has shifted the exhibition onto an existential level in which all gives its apparent logic, provided, however, "we do not let into us" the secrets which extend beyond us at the exhibition.
 

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