Museum Offers Ultimate Magic Mushroom Trip

Psilocybe mexicana. Photo: Cactu (CC)

Psilocybe mexicana. Photo: Cactu (CC)

What’s the price of magic mushrooms where you live? Probably not $1,400 per trip, but if you want a fully immersive experience, head to Berlin for Belgian artist Carsten Hoeller’s new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as reported by Reuters (one thing to note however, “magic” mushrooms are generally considered to be psilocybin mushrooms, not fly agaric, as Reuters says):

The installation, which includes a floating hotel room on a platform shaped like a mushroom, gives guests an “opportunity to dive into the world of soma,” the museum said.

Soma is a mythical drink with powers to heal, enlighten and provide access to the divine, according to the beliefs of Vedic nomads in northern India during the second millennium BC.

It is no longer known what soma was made of, but research suggests the fly agaric mushroom, more popularly known as “magic mushrooms,” may have been the ingredient responsible for its effect. This provided Hoeller with the inspiration for his fantastical installation…

[continues at Reuters]

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  • eristocrat

    Fly agaric always makes me think of fairy tales because of that very fairy tale forest appearance.

  • eristocrat

    Fly agaric always makes me think of fairy tales because of that very fairy tale forest appearance.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, Carsten Höller makes sexy Amanita sculptures. But the fact that he charges $1,400 for his experience is a crass profanation of the very thing he tries to express in his art. If you want to encounter the magic of Amanita muscaria, all you have to do is go to the forest. Nature’s miracles are free of charge.

  • Tchoutoye

    Sure, Carsten Höller makes sexy Amanita sculptures. But the fact that he charges $1,400 for his experience is a crass profanation of the very thing he tries to express in his art. If you want to encounter the magic of Amanita muscaria, all you have to do is go to the forest. Nature’s miracles are free of charge.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, Carsten Höller makes sexy Amanita sculptures. But the fact that he charges $1,400 for his experience is a crass profanation of the very thing he tries to express in his art. If you want to encounter the magic of Amanita muscaria, all you have to do is go to the forest. Nature’s miracles are free of charge.

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