Skeletons in the Closet



For his series Skeletons in the Closet, Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler roamed the vast storage space of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna for over four years. Always on the hunt for scenes where prepared animals interact with one another or the surrounding space of the museum, Pichler took photographs underground in complete silence and started to develop a unique relationship with the animal exhibits, learning to regard them more and more as individuals. Dead but alive nonetheless, the humorous still lifes he presents to us result from practical matters like limited storage space and will usually go unnoticed unless someone is consciously looking for them. Pichler did not set up or purposely construct any of the scenes, as the museum collections are continuously being reordered and new constellations are forever creating themselves.

Klaus Pichler has also self-published Skeletons in the Closet as a photo book. For more information, read our book review, or purchase it directly from his website.