Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum

Awesome Kickstarter is looking to fund one
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2016 12:40 PM CST
Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum
In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen attend the 2014 World of Children Awards in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

If a Kickstarter campaign raises enough money—and it's already more than a third of the way there with 13 days to go—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be getting their own museum. Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are behind the campaign, Racked reports; last year, Harkins and Olen crowdfunded on Kickstarter to turn their "long and unused apartment hallway" into what they call THNK1994, a museum dedicated to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Since their hallway is already full of pictures of the figure skaters, they want to use a vacant storefront for a pop-up Olsen twins museum that will be open for two weeks in April. Why? Because "the Olsen Twins are True Celebrities," Harkins and Olen write on Kickstarter. "Highly unrelatable. They have bowls (and bowls) of cigarettes at their weddings. Very chic. They answered fans calls for them to appear on Fuller House with a gently whispered 'what is that?'"

The museum would include a series of paintings by Chicago-based artist Laura Collins titled "The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi," which is exactly what it sounds like. Among the hilarious items and events the museum would also feature: a photo station with props visitors can use to hide their own faces, cultural programs like a past-life regression seminar, and "a large scale sculpture of what we hope a table at Mary Kate's wedding looked like, including bowls and bowls of cigarettes, black orchids, and a button that you can press that doesn't seem to do anything but then 45 seconds later you hear someone scream in the distance. You know, celebrity stuff!" If you pledge $20, you'll receive an official tote bag featuring art from the exhibit, which you can use "to shield yourself from the paparazzi or when you're jetting off to Ibiza or for groceries or something." Check out the other rewards here. (More Mary-Kate Olsen stories.)

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