Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet

Marcelle Alix

The Drachenhöhle, or Dragon’s Cave, near the village of Mixnitz in southeastern Austria reportedly takes its name from the large bones found there, formerly thought to be dragons’ bones. Artifacts in the deep sediment at the bottom of the cave suggest a human presence dating back to 29,000 bc. In their exhibition “The Dragon’s Cave or the Burying,” Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet channeled the legends surrounding the site, as well as its archaeological and museological treatment, through installations, films, a typed manuscript, and a performance.

The presentation devices of the earliest museums and cabinets of curiosities were adopted in the gallery’s ground floor space, which featured a wooden display cabinet, Francis (all works 2010). Its tiled interior contained three cards with explanatory texts and a numbered display panel. But the objects so carefully numbered and captioned were

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