"Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing" seen from above
Along with Oldenburg's early cardboard work, "The Mouse Museum" (itself the shape of a giant penis) was by far my favorite. . . . What little boy doesn't like to play with his ray gun? All should easily identify. Oldenburg built "Mouse Museum" for Documenta 5, in 1972. Enter the small structure to find a miniature museum of sorts-- original sculptures placed beside a unique and odd assortment of quotidian treasures Oldenburg personally collected himself. While you may have to stand in line a few brief minutes (beats 4 hours for the "Rain Room"!), it's well worth the wait, especially if you enjoy thrifting like me. . . . Plus, there are penises around every corner:
No, not "Raw Gun", "Ray Gun"!
Part of the ray gun collection inside the "Ray Gun Wing"
One of my favorites, "Mug" (1960) from "The Street and The Store"
"Street Head III (Profile with Hat)" (1960), also from "The Street and The Store"
"Lipstick" (1972), a study for a sculpture
"Soft Drainpipe, Red (Hot) Version", 1976