Theatrum Mundi: Wunderkammer between past and present

Fossils, meteorites, forks for ritual cannibalism, exotic taxidermies, Egyptian sarcophagi: these are only some of the extraordinary, rare and unique objects that make up Theatrum Mundi – an atypical gallery, a real Wunderkammer, or “cabinet of wonders” in the tradition of past centuries, when the aristocracy liked to collect items that their guests would admire or find amazing.

Here you can find tokens from the most remote past you can imagine, such as dinosaur bones, coexisting in perfect harmony with the greatest wonders of the present, such as the spacesuit worn by Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov or some original costumes from Hollywood’s most famous films.

Theatrum Mundi is a mix di archaeology, primitive art and contemporary design, and stands out for its ability to make the Wunderkammer concept fit in with our modern times. The gallery maintains specimens from the four classic categories of naturalia (objects from India, the Americas or Asia), mirabilia (incredible artifacts made by man), scientifica (telescopes, robots, astrolabes, and so on) and exotica (anything collected in faraway countries).

The final effect is alienating at first, but soon gives way to amazement, and to a desire to travel and find out more, captured by the incredible wonders the world has to offer.

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Theatrum Mundi: Wunderkammer between past and present

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