Pop-Up World


25 October 2017 to 26 August 2018
The reopening of the Weltmuseum Wien is accompanied by an innovative book about the Museum. The exhibition Pop-Up World: Narratives turns part of this book into a real-life experience. Sets of several objects are arranged into individual narratives. The range of themes stretches from traditional ethnography to art history, from historical backgrounds of object acquisitions to the beliefs of various world religions, and from collectors and their personalities to the tensions between "us" and "others".

About the exhibition

About the exhibition

Although rather unusual for an exhibition, the curators also enter the stage as the narrators in film recordings themselves. They tell the stories of their favourite objects, and illustrate their special and often quite personal relationship to these exhibits.    

They are all united in the basic intention of the Weltmuseum Wien: to enable visitors to experience the narratives behind the objects and to grant them access to a diverse spectrum of questions that every single object may raise. The Museum does not understand itself as an authoritative institution anymore, as it is impossible to recreate the entire world of an object in encyclopaedic fashion. Instead our house is rather able to provide insights – into the diversity of the world and our relationships to it in the past and present.

Daily (except Monday)
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 9 pm

Weltmuseum Wien

Neue Hofburg, Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna, Austria

Exhibition brochure (pdf, 416 KB)
Objects serve as highlights and direct our gaze onto the many facets of our world. They provide a framed picture from the perspective of a museum and require the visitors to assemble the pieces of the displayed mosaic for themselves. Whatever this individual mosaic may look like: it certainly illustrates the diversity of the world.



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