The Cabinet of Curiosities
This exhibition entitled “cabinet of curiosity” runs until November 3, 2019 at the Capuchin convent, the Hélène and Edouard Leclerc Fund. Do not miss it under any circumstances.
But did you know? The first department store Leclerc opened in this place in 1964, and its warehouse was in the current church, now transformed into a museum featuring collection of paintings and religious relics of the Leclerc family. This place has a history of sail manufacturing using linen and flax – the two commodities that enriched Brittany’s economy and the entire country of Leon in the XVII and XVIII century.
But back to our exhibition, I went astray! In a society where we still mull over the right price as the determining factor in purchasing goods, here is the cabinet of curiosities that opens our eyes to another world, made of surprise and emotion, of apprehension and reflection on the world of yesterday and tomorrow.
The cabinet of curiosities already refers to the notion of rarity, a unique object where finally the real value of the object is before all inestimable to the eyes of the collector himself before it becomes so for a wider public warned. The informative mission of the object is shared in a case, resulting from the equally aesthetic approach of the Collector to create his amazing universe of wonders and surprises.
The Collector has a global vision of the world that is projected: the personal research, constant of objects relative to his field of predilection is the main thread and strength of his collection. The coherence of its choices and their development belong only to the collector. “While the classical collector is guided by his only reason, the curiosity lover follows his fantasy first and foremost. Embarked on a personal quest almost obsessive, he sets his sights on curiosities. His collection is then as a reflection of his personality, a staging of himself, to which he invites his friends and even the whole world, if his cabinet of curiosities is presented at an exhibition – as asserted by François Curiel of the famous Christies auction house.
Thanks to the great collectors and their cabinet of curiosity, knowledge has progressed in many areas.
Taste and research for singularity leads us to discover in this exhibition the natural history linked to the discovery of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora through herbaria, minerals, stuffed animals – from the collections of the Museum of Hunting and Nature, and the National Museum of Natural History. The ceramic works of fish and crustaceans of the sculptor Miquel Barcelo are strikingly realistic, driven by his passion for the animal and vegetable universe.
Man, as part of the natural ecosystem, is not without rest. It is also analyzed through its anatomy thanks to the casts of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montpellier and its evolution through the development of its know-how and its ability to transform the raw material into useful or decorative objects. Witness the collection of objects in ironwork Henry Le Sec Tournelles in Rouen.
While the cabinet of curiosities of the artist Theo Mercier challenges the danger that human activity poses to nature: between past and future, what to think of the image that is given to us of our oceans … populated with waste plastics in the form of bottles and tires!
The aesthetics that emerges from any cabinet of curiosities challenge the public and allow for engagements and reflections. What we like or do not like has the merit of advancing the future of our humanity in the context of intense standardization. It is up to us to be conscious of the beauties of Nature, and of its interconnectivity with mankind, hence to value and protect it through our commitment.