Current Location:
Building A (DEV) -> 1st Floor (DEV; A)
Location Notes:
DEV; Building A; 1st fl., Steelcase Library Study Lounge

Cabinet of Wonder

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.060.1
Artist:
Elona Van Gent
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Wood Cabinet and Bronze Sculptures
Date:
2000
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 82 in Width: 75 in Depth: 39 in
Description:
Cabinet of wonder; light wood case with glass windows, filled with random, intricate trinkets.
Historical Context:
"'Wunderkammers' ('Cabinets of Wonder') were quite popular and even common in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. They were private collections of natural and human-made objects sometimes housed in a single display cabinet, and sometimes filling entire rooms. They were the precursors to what we now know as museums. A primary distinction, however, is that museums specialize in the display of a particular kind of object... The aim of the cabinet of wonder was to be a microcosm of the world- to collect and display as many different kinds of objects as there are in the world." -Elona Van Gent