Russias only Muzei Musora (Art Museum of Garbage), or MU MU for short, is located in Kaluga Region, an hours drive from the capital. Here, fantasies become real objects and things take on new meaning.
Italian artist Dario Tironi created his self-portrait out of rubbish, a technique he employs in the majority of his works. You could spend many hours standing and making out a screwdriver or a part of a bike pump in the outline of the beard, gazing into the eyes fashioned from assorted Lego pieces and the detached plastic legs of an unidentified toy animal.
Staff of the museum where the portrait is being exhibited have said that it has a regular visitor in the form of Filipp. Visitors to the museum often mistake him for a tour guide because Filipp comes up with and tells stories about the museums exhibitions. He insists that the word Odd is tacked onto his name, and for some reason this comes as no surprise. The museum itself is odd, and everything in it is made of rubbish.
The MU MU Art Museum of Garbage is a successful project from Moscow art group BURO. According to its representative, Stanislav Gavrilenko, any object made from recyclables and consisting of identifiable parts can become part of the collection, so anyone with an interest can recreate the artistic experience at home. In A Messy Flat, an enormous pile of rubbish, this is easy to achieve. But making an elephant out of derelict tyres or a dress from condoms is much harder without practice.
The entire collection consists of 300 works from 23 countries, and its constantly expanding. The museum was envisaged not only for deep contemplation, but also for active relaxation. Taking A Messy Flat as an example, is a puzzle quest, and to escape into the fresh air you have to rack your brain to solve the conundrums and head-scratchers.
You really feel like a part of the fight for the environment. You have to bring plastic lids with you that wont decompose for 150 years in the wild (in case you were wondering). Museum staff help you to grind them into multicoloured dust. Then, with the help of 3D-pens and some imagination, the most amazing objects appear, from heat mats to elegant bracelets. In this way, children are able to give second life to these objects.
An attraction has been organized for adults too: The Emotions Stabiliser. All you have to do is throw a bottle at a wall to understand that life is beautiful in all its manifestations. The fragments scatter, and a picturesque tile appears before your eyes, like the decorations in the museum bar and on the wall of the café.
It goes without saying that you cant just bin a museum like this. Separate waste collection containers also serve brainfood.
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