"Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities" Exhibition

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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 which combined specimens, diagrams, and illustrations from many disciplines; marking the intersection of science and superstition; and drawing on natural, man-made, 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. Organized by Sarah Suzuki, Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books.

[Image: Rodolfo Abularach "Enigmatic Eye I (Ojo Enigmatico I)" (1969) lithograph. Courtesy of the Artist and The Museum of Modern Art]



from July 30, 2008 to November 10, 2008

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