Sixteenth- and the seventeenth-century European curiosity cabinets might be described as microcosmic reflections of the world’s wonders. Inspired by Renaissance ideas with an emphasis on remarkable examples of naturalia and artificialia (natural and human-made creations), these cabinets emphasized the rare, the marvelous and the virtuoso. Cabinets of curiosities, often known by the German terms ” kunst-und wunderkammern,” or cabinets of art ( kunst ) and wonder ( wunder ), were encyclopedic in scope and aspired to form a “theater of knowledge.” Collections of curiosity became the catalyst for the eighteenth-century emergence of the modern museum. The exhibition examines the history of museums through the current holdings of several KU repositories.
It’s a new month and that means there’s a new Art Cart activity at the Museum. What’s the Art Cart, you ask? It’s a free drop-in program designed to get kids and adults to look at and make art together. The theme for May’s Art Cart is “Cabinets of Curiosity”
Catch the Art Cart every Saturday 10-4 and every Sunday noon-4.
University of Kansas, Lawrence
This is a great activity for Artastic.