Cabinets of Curiosities

Redwood Cabinet by Madeline von Foerster

Redwood Cabinet

Today the Strychnin gallery opens an interesting new exhibition by American artist Madeline von Foerster that looks quite intriguing. All the paintings of this show depict so called cabinets of curiosities, and they do this quite vividly. On the first look I totally thought some of them were sculptural work. Find out more about these magical cabinets after the brush stroke.

Invasive Species 1 by Madeline von Foerster

Invasive Species I

From the press release:

Von Foerster’s new series titled “Waldkammer” invites the viewer into the bewitching, claustrophobic realm of the Cabinets of Curiosities, or Wunderkammern. The concept of such cabinets was originally an invention of the era of Enlightenment and the Baroque, where wealthy lords and patricians created collections of a wide variety of objects displaying the multi-faceted “wonders” of God’s creations (and especially the offerings of newly discovered, exotic territories). Coral, minerals, taxidermy, and the like – were lovingly and often fetishistically contained and displayed.

Madeline von Foerster

Madeline von Foerster was educated at the California College ofArts and Crafts and the Freie Kunstschule Mannheim, Germany. Born in San Francisco from an Austrian-German-Russian background, she now lives and works in New York.


Madeline von Foerster

7.11. – 7.12.2008

Strychnin Gallery

Boxhagenerstr. 36

10245 Berlin

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