Cabinet of Curiosities: A World of Intrigue
Cabinets of Curiosities, or Wunderkammers, have always piqued…well, my curiosity! It’s quite easy to see how these Cabinets were the predecessors of our museums. I would like to one day have my own Wunderkammer in my home, sans natural history items that scare me, such as bones and bugs. Instead, I think my Wunderkammers would be akin to the one below, comprised of shells, gems, pressed plants, and perhaps even Cabinets of Curiosities filled with antique typewriters and vintage cameras!
As captured by astropop, Teylers Museum’s impressive Wunderkammer — which truly is a Room of Curiosities in every sense — displays magnificent collections of fossils and gems.
This wunderkammer showcases a beautiful collection and examination of shells and coral. I especially like how the red stands tie the exhibit together.
I particularly like Real Simple’s interpretation of Cabinets of Curiosities! While the naturalalist elements are clearly not involved, it is a fun vintage twist on an antiquarian concept.
Maissa Toulet, a French artist, combines the allure of Wunderkammers with an artistic aesthetic. Instead of grouping items solely by species, Maissa Toulet considers color pallate as well.
Are you on your way to creating your own cabinet of curiosities?