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Into the Wonder Room at Pointe-à-Callière - An ode to the fascinating and wonderful world of cabinets of curiosities

MONTRA?AL, Feb. 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ -AStarting February 13, 2019, Pointe-A-CalliA?re presents Into the Wonder Room, an exhibition that invites you into the mysterious and unique world of cabinets of curiosities. A true homage to the beauty and strangeness of the world, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey around the globe, showcasing over 1,000 rare, often exotic, and sometimes unusual objects displayed in impressive installations. The exhibition brings together objects from the collections of the MusAe des Confluences in Lyon, France, as well as hundreds of items from the collections of several museums in QuAbec and Canada, and from private collectors.
Into the Wonder Room at Pointe-à-Callière - An ode to the fascinating and wonderful world of cabinets of curiosities
"It's important to remember that cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of today's sciences and museums. With this exhibition, we are paying tribute to explorers, scientists, and collecters from every era, driven by a quest for knowledge, cultural diversity, far-away lands, and that rare and sometimes mysterious or exotic object that can spark awe or astonishment in the viewer," explains Francine LeliA?vre, Executive Director of Pointe-A-CalliA?re. "In this sense, Into the Wonder Room is a veritable invitation to discover and be fascinated by the diversity of the world. It will surely appeal to visitors of all ages," she adds.Curiosities from other times and places
The exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to explore the history of cabinets of curiositiesa??or "wonder rooms"a??down through the ages, from the homes of European aristocrats, great explorers, and scholars in past centuries to QuAbec "curiosity rooms" and the homes of certain contemporary collectors. The exhibition layout leads to a truly eclectic and immersive wonder room, recreating the spectacular effect of a cabinet of curiosities in a monumental installation that includes scores of multicoloured butterflies and birds, along with a profusion of unusual objects from around the world.The final zone of the exhibition is dedicated to the all-consuming passion and singular universe of seven MontrAal- and QuAbec-based collectors, featuring interviews and several objects from their collections. Of note are some objects belonging to a collector who is at once a plangonologist (doll collector), an arctophile (collector of old stuffed toys), and a ludophile (toy collector).For more information, see the complete exhibition synopsis online.Strange and surprising objects and items!
The exhibition showcases mysterious objects, fantastic creatures, mounted animals, and scientific instruments. Among the more impressive and fascinating are a mastodon tooth, a dinosaur egg, an albino moose, a Victorian-era ornithological display case, a Kaga school samurai armour, a two-headed calf, an armillary sphere, and Virginia deer whose antlers became locked in battle, causing their death.Acknowledgements
This Pointe-A-CalliA?re exhibition is based on an original concept by the MusAe des Confluences in Lyon, France, which the Museum sincerely thanks. Pointe-A-CalliA?re would also like to thank its many museum partners, the MusAe de la nature et des sciences in Sherbrooke, the MusAe de la civilisation in QuAbec City, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Collections of UniversitA Laval, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, as well as several private collectors from QuAbec, including Richard BAliveau,AHerby Dumoulin,AMaxime Chouinard,AAude Boudreau,AEthnA and Philippe de Vienne,ABenoAt Chouinard,AAnouk Pennel, andADenis Allison, all of whom agreed to lend parts of their collections for this exhibition.The Museum wishes to thank the exhibition's sponsors for their invaluable support: Air Canada Cargo, Tourisme MontrAal, InterContinental MontrAal, and La Presse.Into the Wonder Room is presented from February 13, 2019 to January 5, 2020.About Pointe-A-CalliA?re, the MontrAal Archaeology and History Complex
Pointe-A-CalliA?re, the birthplace of MontrAal, is the city's largest history museum. Rising above a concentrated number of national historic and archaeological sites, the museum complex's mission is to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of MontrAal's history, and to forge bonds with regional, national, and international networks.Pointe-A-CalliA?re is subsidized by the City of MontrAal.A full synopsis, photos and images of the exhibition are available online at pacmusee.qc.ca/en/media or on demand.ASOURCE Pointe-A-CalliA?re, Montreal Museum of Archaelogy and History
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