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Best Collection New York 2013 - Morbid Anatomy

Morbid Anatomy

543 Union St.

New York, NY 11215

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Morbid Anatomy is a labor of love for curator and artist Joanna Eberstein, who wanted to make a home for objects that celebrate "the places where death and beauty intersect." The fabulously eccentric, seriously fascinating warehouse space is lined with lots of books, which live alongside santo statues, taxidermied animals, vintage prints, medical oddities in cloudy jars, surgical tools, wax casts of diseased body parts, and thousands of other painstakingly collected pieces of moody arcana we're hard-pressed to describe. The cumulative effect is lovely and eerie, pitched somewhere between playfully weird and deadly serious. It's no exaggeration to call it one of the city's most important private museums, filled with things that would otherwise be lost to history, and revelatory on the ways various times and cultures view life and death.

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