The planet is in the midst of a major extinction event caused by human beings. In the face of the ongoing climate crisis and its effects on biological diversity, questions of endangerment and fears of loss are at the focus of public discourse. Does ‘extinction’ have an absolute meaning?
In cooperation with partners, especially from Latin America, the museum questions conventional narratives of extinction and retells them from different perspectives. Stories of the extinction of human cultures, but also of their resilience and their survival can be derived from the collections of the Weltmuseum Wien.
In addition to objects from the Weltmuseum Wien, loans from the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna can also be viewed. Visitors can inform themselves in greater detail about the individual thematic areas in the exhibition, and within these on the basis of Points of View, short texts from the perspective of curators, activists, or artists.
Extinctions!? is the first exhibition that we are presenting in the new participatory space zam, the former Galleries of Marvel on the ground floor of the Weltmuseum Wien. In cooperation with communities of memory, societies of origin, and visitors, zam raises new questions, shapes and develops them, and ultimately presents contemporary issues in various formats.