A new exhibition in New York City creates an immersive experience using the traditional display form: the Cabinet of Curiosities.
Le Cabinet de Curiosités, a new exhibit open now in Manhattan, is a place of wonderment dedicated to the accumulation of imaginary planets and their inhabitants, paintings, sculptures, specimen, insects, as well as rare antique furniture from the Steinitz Collection. The exhibition is the conception and curation of architect, designer and artist, Thierry W. Despont. It juxtaposes his extraordinary work with sculptor, Manolo Valdés and hyperrealist, Claudio Bravo. Despont considers the exhibit to be similar to a natural history museum of his artistic universe. With Le Cabinet de Curiosités, Despont utilizes his expertise in both art and architecture to present a completely integrated environment.
The space is furnished with pieces from both the 17th and 18th centuries, including Napoleon’s own map table and a Renaissance bull’s head. The works of Despont, Valdés and Bravo will be showcased at the former headquarters of New York Mercantile Exchange at 6 Harrison Street, New York, NY from November 15th through January 31st, Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm.