Catalog of Curiosities


Cabinets of curiosities, also known as Kunstkabinett, Wunderkammer, and wonder-rooms were Renaissance collections that defied boundaries. They were eclectic in the spirit of Samuel Johnson’s definition of the word. They are collections made on the discrimination of their owner. The objects contained within covered natural history, geology, ethnography, botany, archaeology, philosophy and relics or all sorts.

Catalog of Curiosities follows the same path. It does not seek to court popularity. It casts a Johnsonian eye on the flotsam and jetsam of the cultural marketplace.

Once more, Democritus, arise on Earth,
With chearful Wisdom and instructive Mirth,
See motley Life in modern Trappings dress’d,
And feed with varied Fools th’ eternal Jest