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Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce an upcoming group exhibition\, Wunderk ammer: Miniatures and Curiosities.

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The show title is derived from the German Wunder (Wonder) and K ammer (Room). Wunderkammer was used to describe the odd and eclectic collec tions of art. objects of natural history. and relics of antiquity displayed in aristocratic households beginning in 16th century Europe. The public's interest in these collections as well as the popularity of their unique met hod of display paved the way for the well known European museums and galler ies of today. These private collections housed in expansive dwellings of th e rich and elite. were curated to inspire awe in visitors and to express th e owner's personal interests. including miniaturist masterpieces\, preserve d specimens of flora and fauna\, anatomical deformities\, dinosaur bones an d fossils. automatons and objects pillaged from voyages to the New World.\n

The works were often displayed salon-s tyle\, floor to ceiling or occasionally as smaller “cabinets of curiosity". The collections functioned as a conversation piece and status symbol. refl ecting the enlightenment of the host and the increasing fascination of soci ety with art\, science and the natural world as Europe emerged from the dep ths of the Middle Ages.

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Koplin Del Ri o's Wunderkammer was curated with these historic collections in mind. Forty participating artists from a variety of disciplines completed works rangin g from miniaturist paintings\, drawings and photographs to sculpture and as semblage.  Among the included are: cast bronze primate busts by Peter Zokos ky\; a miniaturist portrait of Lady Hamiltion (with objects from Lord Hamil ton's extensive Wunderkammer collection) by Wes Christensen\; two sculpture s by Sarah Perry incorporating millipede husks and an antique book on insec t metamorphosis\; small dreamscapes by Josh Dorman using antique maps colla ged with hand painting and drawing\; and Robbie Conal's frenetic light scul pture skull fabricated from cast gummy worms to name a few.

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KDR's Wunderkammer is a celebration of the weird\, t he wonderful and the diminutive.

DTEND:20130406 DTSTAMP:20141225T201111 DTSTART:20130223 GEO:34.0316947;-118.3771554 LOCATION:Koplin Del Rio Gallery\,6031 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 9 0232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Wunderkammer: Miniatures and Curiosities\, Sandow Birk\, Shay Bredi mus\, Wes Christensen\, Robbie Conal\, Melissa Cooke\, Marianela de la Hoz\ , Einer & Jamex de la Torre\, Josh Dorman\, Cynthia Evans\, Moira Hahn\, Ke nny Harris\, F. Scott Hess\, Laurie Hogin\, Kathryn Jacobi\, Ira Korman\, R yan Kuhlman\, Joshua Levine\, Norman Lundin\, Rachael McHan\, Chantal Menar d\, Barrie Mottishaw\, Judy Nimtz\, Elyse Pignolet\, Klein Prints\, AARON S MITH\, Orville Stoeber\, Fred Stonehouse\, Ruprecht von Kaufmann\, Stacy Ly nn Waddell\, Suné Woods\, Peter Zokosky UID:258008 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130223T190000 DTSTAMP:20141225T201111 DTSTART:20130223T170000 GEO:34.0316947;-118.3771554 LOCATION:Koplin Del Rio Gallery\,6031 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 9 0232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Wunderkammer: Miniatures and Curiosities\, Sandow Birk\, Shay Bredi mus\, Wes Christensen\, Robbie Conal\, Melissa Cooke\, Marianela de la Hoz\ , Einer & Jamex de la Torre\, Josh Dorman\, Cynthia Evans\, Moira Hahn\, Ke nny Harris\, F. Scott Hess\, Laurie Hogin\, Kathryn Jacobi\, Ira Korman\, R yan Kuhlman\, Joshua Levine\, Norman Lundin\, Rachael McHan\, Chantal Menar d\, Barrie Mottishaw\, Judy Nimtz\, Elyse Pignolet\, Klein Prints\, AARON S MITH\, Orville Stoeber\, Fred Stonehouse\, Ruprecht von Kaufmann\, Stacy Ly nn Waddell\, Suné Woods\, Peter Zokosky UID:260316 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR