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What's with all the Wunderkammers? NL
14 Sep. 2021 -
17:00 - 18:30
SPUI25
Talk

Wondrous Wunderkammers: The Art of Collecting

NIAS Talk

In this NIAS Talk we explore historical and contemporary ways of collecting, and investigate why the early modern way of collecting items in Wunderkammers and Cabinets of Curiosity has resurfaced as a label for artistic and museum interventions.

About the programme

This programme is in Dutch! Dutch text below

Bright coloured feathers of rare birds, rich crafted tropical wood and objects of curiosity. Early modern Wunderkammers were havens for people with a taste for the exotic. In recent years the concept of the Wunderkammer, often called the predecessor of contemporary museums, has witnessed an increase of attention by art enthusiasts, museums, galleries and antique shops. The Kunstmuseum Den Haag has developed so called ‘Wonderkamers’ for children visiting the museum, Teylers Museum uses the slogan ‘Museum of Wonder’ and Fine Art and Antique shop ZebregsRoell has a Kunstkammer.

New name, same concept? In this NIAS Talk fellow Marika Keblusek will shed light on the history of early modern Wunderkammers and take it to the present. Why and how has this early modern manner of collecting items resurfaced as a label for artistic and museum interventions?

Over het programma

Felgekleurde veren van zeldzame of uitgestorven vogelsoorten, rijk versierd tropisch hout en bijzondere objecten op sterk water; in vroegmoderne Wunderkammers verzamelden liefhebbers sinds de zestiende eeuw bijzondere objecten die tot de verwondering spraken.

De afgelopen jaren is het concept van de Wunderkammer of rariteitenkabinet een terugkomend verschijnsel in musea, antiekzaken en galeries, al dan niet in een nieuw jasje. In plaats van de term rariteitenkabinet gebruiky het Kunstmuseum Den Haag de term Wonderkamer, heet het Teylers het Museum van Verwondering en spreekt antiquair ZebregsRoell van de Kunstkamer. Nieuwe naam, zelfde concept?

Tijdens deze NIAS Talk gaan we in gesprek over de manier waarop deze vroegmoderne verzamelvorm de laatste jaren opnieuw internsief gebruikt wordt als een etiket voor allerlei artistieke en museale interventies.

About the speakers

Marika Keblusek is Assistant Professor of Art History at Leiden University. During her fellowship at NIAS, Keblusek investigates how we can rethink the early modern friendship album or album amicorum as a collective network. In this NIAS Talk, Keblusek dives into another phenomenon of the early modern period and will tell us more about the wondrous world of Wunderkammers – now and then

Zará Kars (moderator) is a Public Historian and Program Maker at NIAS.

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