October 5 2019 - March 8 2020
Traditionally, in museum exhibitions visual art is presented in a way that is implicitly understood, a way in which art is isolated from other areas of knowledge and experience. This is diametrically opposed to the way in which art was displayed in the wunderkammer of the 1500s and 1600s. At that time, all sorts of curiosities, naturalia, works of art, and treasures were on show together, forming a kind of microcosm which mirrored the entire world that surrounds us, the macrocosm.
Since the 1990s, Mark Dion has been engrossed by the wunderkammer, but he does not simply mime it. Instead his starting point is our human renderings, perceptions, and images of the phenomena that surround us. Through his works we are thus confronted with our own views of the world.
Mirabilia is the second of three wunderkammer projects that investigate how art may be reconnected with the realm of everyday experiences and with life in general. For this innovative idea, Esbjerg Art Museum in 2017 was awarded the Vision Exhibition Award by the Bikuben Foundation.