Tuesday, February 12th: The Cult of Beautiful Death in Vienna + Free Drinks

Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)

Tonight’s highly illustrated lecture will explore the special Viennese relationship to death as exemplified by their notion of Schöne Leiche, or the “Beautiful Corpse.” Batelli will trace the history of this distinctive approach to mortality and discuss funerary customs, mourning culture, black humor, idiom, art, music, suicide and psychology, providing examples and exploring its origins and development in the former imperial capital. Before and after the lecture, enjoy special thematic “Death in Vienna” artisinal cocktails and music complements of artist Friese Undine.

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