Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce an upcoming group exhibition, Wunderkammer: Miniatures and Curiosities.
The show title is derived from the German Wunder (Wonder) and Kammer (Room). Wunderkammer was used to describe the odd and eclectic collections 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 method of display paved the way for the well known European museums and galleries of today. These private collections housed in expansive dwellings of the rich and elite. were curated to inspire awe in visitors and to express the owner's personal interests. including miniaturist masterpieces, preserved specimens of flora and fauna, anatomical deformities, dinosaur bones and fossils. automatons and objects pillaged from voyages to the New World.
The works were often displayed salon-style, floor to ceiling or occasionally as smaller “cabinets of curiosity". The collections functioned as a conversation piece and status symbol. reflecting the enlightenment of the host and the increasing fascination of society with art, science and the natural world as Europe emerged from the depths of the Middle Ages.
Koplin Del Rio's Wunderkammer was curated with these historic collections in mind. Forty participating artists from a variety of disciplines completed works ranging from miniaturist paintings, drawings and photographs to sculpture and assemblage. Among the included are: cast bronze primate busts by Peter Zokosky; a miniaturist portrait of Lady Hamiltion (with objects from Lord Hamilton's extensive Wunderkammer collection) by Wes Christensen; two sculptures by Sarah Perry incorporating millipede husks and an antique book on insect metamorphosis; small dreamscapes by Josh Dorman using antique maps collaged with hand painting and drawing; and Robbie Conal's frenetic light sculpture skull fabricated from cast gummy worms to name a few.
KDR's Wunderkammer is a celebration of the weird, the wonderful and the diminutive.