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Event #15

Saturday 2 September, 06.30 pm

Teatro degli Impavidi2 - euro 4,50
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Martina Mazzotta

Wunderkammer: art, science, wonder. From the Renaissance until the present day

An illustrated journey to get closer to the European Wunderkammer, the late Renaissance and Baroque collections of cabinets, galleries and encyclopaedic museums which witnessed nature intertwining with the concepts of art and wonder.
The term ‘Wunderkammer’ is often misused. Little is known, in fact, about the history of a phenomenon that is thought to represent the birth of modern museums. 20th-century scholars, artists, and scientists have shown how this legacy has been renewed until the present day. Beyond the fascination with oddities and eccentricities, is it still possible to find models and values in the sense of wonder that links nature, art, and science in the light of the Wunderkammer tradition?





Martina Mazzotta is an art historian with a background in philosophy. She studied in Germany and worked for years in Milan at the Gabriele Mazzotta publishing house, together with Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta. She now lives in London, where she is an Associate Fellow at the Warburg Institute. She is the author of numerous publications and exhibitions – in Italy and abroad – which have broadened her horizons on the relationship between art, philosophy, science, and music. In Italy, her most recent exhibitions include: Kandinsky->Cage, Musica e Spirituale nell’Arte, Jean Dubuffet. L'arte in gioco and Max Ernst. Ten years ago, she curated Wunderkammer for the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and the Gallerie d'Italia. Among her future projects, a new research about ‘art’ and ‘wonder’.
ph. credits: Lorenzo Palmieri

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Alessandro Barbero

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Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

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Alberto Rollo

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Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

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Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

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Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

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Matteo Nucci

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Francesco Costa

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