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Mouse Museum
Claes Oldenburg's Mouse Museum appropriates methods of museum display and, with wry humor typical of his work, comments on the obsessiveness of collecting and on the pervasiveness of consumer culture. The architectural shape of Oldenburg's freestanding museum is borrowed from the contour of Mickey Mouse. Thus a cartoon becomes the setting for the display of nearly four hundred found objects, popular knickknacks, and byproducts of the artmaking process.
Claes Oldenburg.
Mouse Museum. 1965-77.

Enclosed structure of wood, corrugated aluminum, and plexiglass display cases containing 385 objects, 10' x 31' 6" x 33' (304 x 960 x 1030 cm). Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna. Photo: Heinz Blezen, courtesy Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

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