Morbid Anatomy Vienna Anatomy Weekend at the Narrenturm and the Josephinum
October 13 and 14, 2018
Please join us this October as we partner with two of the world's most magnificent medical museums--The Josephinum, housing a historical collection of 18th century anatomical wax models crafted by Italy's La Specola workshop, and the pathological-anatomical collection housed in an 18th century former madhouse, the Narrenturm.
Also, please note: this will be one of your last chances to see The Josephinum before it closes down for renovations!
This special weekend will include exclusive front and back stage tours of these incredible historic collections, along with the opportunity to make your own wax moulage and draw 18th century wax models removed from their cases. It will also include illustrated lectures by Eduard Winter of the Narrenturm, conservator Martina Peters of the Josephinum, medical illustrator Marie Dauenheimer
, wax artist Eleanor Crook
, and Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein, all touching on the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture.
All programs will be in English.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, *** MUST*** REGISTER IN ADVANCE
For Josephiunum Events:
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: +43 1 40160 26001
For Narrenturm Events:
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: +43 1 521 77 606
Saturday October 13
• Tours, lectures and drawing from the specimens workshop at the Josephinum
•Tours at the Narrenturm
Sunday October 14
• Tours and moulage making workshop at the Narrenturm
FULL SCHEDULE: SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
• Lectures, guided tours, and workshop
• Lectures and guided tour: 40 EUR per person
• Guided tour (without lectures): 25 EUR per person
• Drawing workshop (with original, uncased wax models from the collection): 35 EUR per person (all materials provided)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lectures
12:00 pm – 13:00 pm – Lunch break
13:00 pm – 14:30 pm – Drawing workshop, guided tour
14:30 pm – 15:00 pm – Coffee break (Lesesaal-Josephinum, incl. coffee, cold drinks and snacks)
15:00 pm – 16:30 pm – Drawing workshop, guided tour
17:00 pm – 18:30 pm – guided tour
• Eduard Winters of the Narrenturm: The Pathologic-anatomical Collection Vienna Preparations from the Last 222 Years
• Martina Peters of the Josephinum: Waxworks at the Josephinum: History and Technology
• Marie Dauhiemer of The Vesalius Trust: Bernard Siegfried Albinius, Jan Wandelaar, and the Creation of Homo Perfectus
• Wax Anatomical Artist Eleanor Crook: Wax Moulage: Trophies of the Extremes of Human Experience
• Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein: The Anatomical Venus: An Enlightenment-era St. Teresa Ravished by Communion with the Invisible Forces of Science
The guided tours will offer deeper look into the Josephinum’s extensive collection of historical anatomical wax models back and front stage. Attendees will learn about human anatomy with the help of the historic waxworks. They will also see the extensive collection of pathological obstetric wax models learn about the history and origin of the collections and museum.
The tours will also include a visit backstage to the conservation atelier, where you will learn about the challenges of the artefact’s protection and maintenance. We will also see The Josephinum’s unique collection of ophthalmological 19th century wax moulages; crafted by by Johann Hofmayer under supervision of Professor Anton von Rosas, they are not generally on view to the public.
In this workshop, Martina Peters, conservator at the Josephinum, will guide students in drawing wax anatomical models from the collection. Two original 18th century models will be removed from their historic glass cases to allow for a more detailed study. The participants will hereby have the opportunity to explore human anatomy in the classical 18th century manner. All material--including sketch blocks, pencils (HB, 2B and 6B), erasers and sharpeners as well as easels--will be provided.
Open hours at the museum are from 10-13h. We will provide English guided tours every hour, starting at 10am, 11am and 12am. The tour will take you through the study collection of the museum. We will charge the normal (opening hours) fee of 8€ per person. Each tour will last 45 minutes.
SUNDAY, 14TH OF OCTOBER 2018
• 4 different tours, 15 participants each, 1 hour each
10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm
1 tour: 12€ each
3 or 4 tours: 10€ each
• Wax moulage making workshop: 50 €
— Study collection plus extra rooms (not included in the opening hour tours)
— Gynaecology + Electropathology + Veterinary pathologies
— Behind the scenes
Wax Moulage Making Workshop with Ceroplast Eleanor Crook
2 classes with 12 participants for each class
10 am and 1 pm, maximum 12 people
50€ all materials included
Let acclaimed sculptor Eleanor Crook guide you in creating your very own wax pathology sculpture. Crook has lent her experience to professionals ranging from forensic law enforcement officers to plastic surgeons, so is well placed to help you make a horrendously lifelike model of leprosy, syphilis, scars, boils or blisters, — any dermatological case. Each participant will end up with a mounted wax face moulage to keep, and will learn wax modelling the details, colouring, hair insertion and the traditional presentation method using a bandage and pins on a board for wall hanging. Materials and tools will be explained and demonstrated, disease processes illustrated, dire pathologies imitated, and the afflicted face of an unfortunate will eventually grace your home.
Eleanor Crook trained in sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy and makes figures and effigies in wax, carved wood and lifelike media. She has also made a special study of anatomy and has sculpted anatomical and pathological waxworks for the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Guy's Hospital, London's Science Museum, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Vrolik Museum Amsterdam.She exhibits internationally in both fine art and science museum contexts. In the interest of making figures more lifelike than the living, using a generous grant from the Wellcome Trust she developed the incorporation of electronic animatronics systems into the sculptures so that her moribund and macabre creations now can twitch and mutter. She is artist in residence at the Gordon Museum of Pathology, a member of the Medical Artists' Association, runs a course in Anatomy drawing at the Camberwell School of Art and restores historic wax medical collections for a number of institutions.
18th century Anatomical Venus; Alexander Ablogin/Josephinum