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Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures at Fondazione Prada

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures the new exhibition at Fondazione Prada is now open and will be till the 13th of January 2020.

The exhibition has been conceived by Juman Malouf, the Lebanese illustrator and designer and Wes Anderson, the movie director behind masterpieces like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

The idea behind this exhibition is to investigate the reasons why a collection is born, what pushes people and institutions to collect objects and items and what’s the reason behind a certain way of displaying those same objects in a museum.

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures has been already presented to the public at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna from November 2018 to April 2019. The version currently on display at the Fondazione Prada takes a much larger space and features a wider selection of objects.

The main item of the collection is for sure the coffin which houses the mummified body of a shrew (spitzmaus in German) dating back to the 4th century before Christ.

The two illustrious curators also brought to Milan 538 artworks and objects carefully selected from 12 collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and from 11 departments of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna.

“The exhibition narrative is formed by groups of works: from green objects to portraits of children, from miniatures to timepieces, from boxes to wooden objects, from portraits of noblemen and common people to natural subjects like the garden as well as meteorites and animals presented as scientific exhibits or artistic depictions.”

(From the Fondazione Prada website)

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures is open to the public from the 20th of September to the 13th of January 2020.

Mon / Wed / Thu, 10 am – 7 pm

Fri / Sat / Sun, 10 am – 9 pm

Closed on Tuesdays

The ticket desk remains open until one hour before closing time.

The Haunted House closes at 6pm.

Last admission 5.30 pm


available daily

10 am – 6 pm



Full – 15 € Concessions – 12 €

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