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13 AUGUST 2013

Retronaut: a curated collection of visual ephemera

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Simon Perkins
13 SEPTEMBER 2008

Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities

"Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, arose in mid–sixteenth–century Europe as repositories for all manner of wondrous and exotic objects. In essence these collections—combining specimens, diagrams, and illustrations from many disciplines; marking the intersection of science and superstition; and drawing on natural, manmade, and artificial worlds—can be seen as the precursors to museums. This exhibition presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional cabinet of curiosities, bringing together a diverse selection of works by twentieth– and twenty–first–century artists who have likewise felt the pull of unusual and extraordinary objects and phenomena. The works on display include prints, books, multiples, drawings, and photographs, with subjects ranging from architectural marvels and blueprints for impossible machines to oddities from the animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds. Featured artists include Hans Bellmer, Peter Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, and Damien Hirst, among others."
(MoMA.org)

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Simon Perkins
27 DECEMBER 2007

Joseph Cornell: navigating the imagination

"American artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) ... forever altered the concept of the box – from a time–honoured functional container into a new art form, the box construction. ...

His ... exhibition is organised thematically to suggest his understanding of the imagination as an echo chamber where possibilities and connections can be discovered through subtle repetition and variation. Each thematic section mingles the series, media, and time frames in which he worked. ...

It is also central to the modern concept of creativity as the collision and recombination of ideas. Traditions can be reinterpreted; connections can be forged between the seemingly random or disparate. Cornell believed that artists renew and transform materials, experiences, and ideas, and this belief fuelled his ability to communicate the beauty and magic in ordinary, often forgotten things."

(Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Peabody Essex Museum)

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