Wunderkammer: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Bluecoat Display Centre
Curated by Oliver Braid
Image: Hiroko Shiratori – ‘Handless Barber’s Tools’
28 July – 25 August 2007 (Opening Evening 27 July from 17.30)
Initially popular during the renaissance the wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, were used as exhibition spaces for noblemen and kings to display their most unusual possessions and gifts. These could include artefacts from a whole variety of sources, mixing together fact and fiction – feather head dresses to unicorn horns, miniature skeletons to minerals.
Original wunderkammer collections brought together such diverse objects with no thought to classifications such as biology, geology, art or archaeology. Unlike the majority of modern museum collections today, the unclassified element of these assortments meant that with every turn of the wonder room the viewer was delivered another unexpected surprise.
The Bluecoat’s own temporary collection of quirky curios will include ceramics, textiles, jewellery, paper and even human teeth. If ever there were an opportunity to purchase, or simply view, truly unusual and unique treasures from around the globe this would be it – when the Bluecoat Display Centre opens wide it’s magical cabinet doors.
The Tedna Ve (trans;Draw Me in Cornish Language) will be making camera obscura portraits to all who visit the exhibition on Friday opening preview night, come and be immortalised in pen and ink with exhibiting artists and visitors. Friday 27th of July all evening!!!!
Bluecoat Display Centre – 54 Hanover Street (The College Lane premises closes temporarily from Aug 1st during building works)