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Paris Chapter: Cocktail Culturel – Cabinets of Curiosities from the Renaissance to Today

Paris Chapter

Monday, February 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Catherine Arminjon, Conservateur général du patrimoine, will present Cabinets of Curiosities from the Renaissance to the present day. These cabinets appeared at the end of the 15th century. In Germany it is called kunstkammer, namely, “chamber of art”; in France and Italy it is the studiolo. In the Renaissance, the cabinets correspond to the thirst for knowledge and make the link between bizarre and unknown objects causing a wonderful enchantment that can also include the frightening fantasy. Thus the cabinets of curiosities bring us into the 16th and 17th century European imaginary state of mind. There were paintings and “artificialia”, goldsmith’s artifacts and lizards silver casts, deforming mirrors, and turned ivories, but also “exotica”, ethnographic objects from Persia, America or Siam such as rhinoceros horns, unicorns, nautiluses, and oddnesses of nature such as bezoards. But in the 18th century the intrusion of rationality and the beginning of science will discredit these kinds of extraordinary museums. They came back into fashion, all of a sudden, due to the surrealists’ influence and have been the subject of a new trend in international decoration for a few years and a limitless source of inspiration for contemporary art.

We will be very warmly received by Madame de Voldère, owner of Galerie Florence de Voldère.

In French

Cost :  50€

To enroll please contact : paris@frenchheritagesociety.org


Monday, February 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Private residence