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13 AUGUST 2013

Retronaut: a curated collection of visual ephemera

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CONTRIBUTOR

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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artificial worlds • cabinet of curiositiescollagecollectionsDamien Hirstexotic objects • grasshopper • grasshopper tank • Hans Bellmer • impossible machinesLouise Bourgeoisman mademarvelsMax ErnstMoMAmuseumodditiesPeter Blakephenomenarepository • science and superstition • sixteenth century • specimen • specimens • tank • wondrous objects • wunderkammerzoomorphism

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Simon Perkins
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