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Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 April 2019

Eighty carcasses will go on display in costumes from England, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

'The main idea of this exhibition is that we are all mortal, that death visits everyone and makes everyone equal regardless of social status, wealth and religion'. Picture: Sergey Yakutshin


The exhibition will resemble the world-famous Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, said founder of the Death Museum Sergey Yakushin, though its meaning will be different. 

‘Our new exhibition will not be a copy of the Palermo catacombs’, he stressed. 

‘Rather it will be our reading of the ‘Medieval dance of death’, a phenomenon that lived in culture and art of many countries from the Middle Ages till the beginning of the 20th century.

'The main idea of this exhibition is that we are all mortal, that death visits everyone and makes everyone equal regardless of social status, wealth and religion’, Yakushin said. 

Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibitionNovosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition
The exhibition will open in Novosibirsk on 18th of May during the traditional Museum Night. Pictures: Sergey Yakutshin


Team of the Death Museum is finishing work on skeletons and mummies as well as an ossuary. They will also have to rebuild the space inside the museum to fit the tombs. 

The skeletons will wear outfits and jewellery typical for  different social classes and ages in England, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

‘We aim to show as many classes as possible, from noblemen to artisans to peasants, as well as a variety of ages’, Yakushin told The Siberian Times.

‘Some of the dresses will be original from these European countries and from Russia, some will be very exact copies of what people wore from 17 to 19th century’. 

The exhibition will open in Novosibirsk on 18th of May during the traditional Museum Night.  

Pictures below all by Sergey Yakushin


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibitionNovosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition


Novosibirsk Death Museum dresses up mummies and skeletons for a major ‘Dance of Death’ exhibition

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very innovative. for sure the crowds will be come looking. and that is the whole idea behind it...
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
01/05/2019 02:07
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