Here's an idea for how to spice up your Halloween decorations this year... Take a more curious and historical angle. Create a Cabinet of Curiosities!
Dating back to the Renaissance, Cabinets of Curiosity served as precursors to museums. They were collections of items that had yet to be understood and defined. Objects found in Cabinets of Curiosity usually include items from: natural history, geology, archeology, ethnography, religious or historic relics, and works of art. As Francesco Fiorani writes:
"The Kunstkammer [or Cabinet of Curiosity] was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron's control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction."
To learn more about the history of Cabinets of Curiousities, you can click here.
To create your own Cabinet of Curiosities, you can decide whether you want to use a cabinet or bookcase, or if you want the installation to perhaps be "out of the box" and decorate a whole room with found objects of curiosity.
Once you decide how you want to display your Cabinet of Curiosity, you can simply start by going outside and collecting interesting things you find nearby, in parks or on the street. You could visit antique or second hand stores, or flea markets, and find some interesting things... if you live in New York, you could go to Dead Horse Bay and look for old containers and items of interest. There are so many possibilities. It's up to you to find what captures your imagination!
Article by: Rajmani Sinclair
August 25, 2016