Glenbow Museum offers a range of special exhibitions each year welcoming the best of international travelling exhibitions as well as drawing from its extensive collections.
Cabinets of Curiosity
February 28, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Cabinets of Curiosity is an installation inspired by the 17th Century tradition of “Wunderkammer” (wonder-rooms). These collections and elaborate displays were essentially the precursors of museums, filled with exotic curiosities, thrilling and macabre items and the natural wonders of the world.
Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne draws on her own lifelong compulsion for collecting objects from the places she has lived and travelled, creating a chamber full of awesome oddities: emu eggs and rubber spiders, a porcupine pelt and a plastic platypus, animal skulls and ant nests… just to name a very few.
Collected from the coast of Australia and the wilds of Alberta’s prairie landscape, Osborne’s curiosities fuse the fanciful and the factual, the real and the imagined, in a space designed for exploration and discovery.
Children and adults alike are encouraged to connect and engage with Osborne’s interactive display. Be warned, though – it may require repeat visits to uncover all of the wonderful surprises on store in this “cabinet.”