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In the museum of nature

Everything seems abandoned in areas that are inaccessible to visitors to the Museum of Nature in Jerusalem. In the manager's office, work areas and storage rooms, taxidermy animals and other things peek out of cardboard boxes and drawers.

In some places old models and videos sit randomly on a table. A side corridor serves as a reflexology clinic. A parrot named Shuki lives among the quiet exhibits. In the exhibition yard grows wild vegetation that looks like it came from another period. All of this combined makes the space look incredibly grotesque. The house was built in the 19th century by a wealthy Armenian merchant.

It was built in An eclectic style that combined oriental and European elements. In the 20th century - In the 50s and 60s - it was renovated and adapted to suit the exhibitions of the Museum of Nature. Some of the museum's accessories were donated by the Cologne Municipality In Germany. A team of volunteers from Germany lived in the building before it was opened to the public in 1962 and with their help it was renovated and some of the shop windows were built.

The experience of wandering in the old building and getting to know it The camera lens, reveals a space that combines mystery with ephemerality and Lack of formality. It is, so to speak, a living area, or sight of life (taxidermy animals), which are located and displayed in a place that was previously active and Maybe now he's finished his job.

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