Zarafa was a gift from Mehmet Ali Pasha of Egypt to Charles X, King of France. She, along with two others, was the first giraffe to be seen in Europe after three centuries. In 1826, her incredible journey began in the grasslands of Sudan, where she was captured. Zarafa was... continue reading
Everything simple is false. Everything which is complex is unusable.
—Paul Valéry (1871–1945)
Forget the Golden Lion, the real brass ring can only be grabbed by the most nimble of curators on our ever-accelerating global biennial carousel. A major exhibition offers the promise of more than just a free ride—these players flirt... continue reading
In 1796, upon observing a vast array of animal fossils, paleontologist Georges Cuvier noticed a puzzling fact: none of the specimens in his collection corresponded to present-day species; they were all remains of fauna now extinct. Approximately half a century later, in the wake of Darwin’s On the Origin of... continue reading