What are wonders and what does it mean to collect them?
The wunderkammer – also known as cabinets of wonder or cabinet de curiosités in French – emerged among sovereigns and elite collectors in the 16th century.
There are extraordinary rooms all over the world: those of the past, the Renaissance cabinets that became, during the course of the 18th century, some of today’s major museums, and those of the present, whose contents come from the most prestigious galleries to be displayed in amazing villas and castles.
Eccentric and priceless oddities, private collections, still exist.
The film features contributions from highly-esteemed figures:
Alexis Kugel – Collector and antique dealer
Luca Cableri – Collector, gallery owner
Jean Hubert Martin – Honorary Director of the Centre Pompidou
David Ghezelbash – Gallery owner and President of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art
Loic Malle – Collector and gallery owner
Roberto Balzani – Director of the Bologna’s University Museums Network, professor
Annalisa Zanni – Director of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan
Lavinia Galli – Curator of the most attended exhibition on Wunderkammers
Jeacques Garcia – Collector and interior designer
Viktor Wynd – Collector, gallery owner, and owner of the Wiktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History in London
Andrea Lissoni – Senior Curator International Art ( lm) at the Tate Modern Gallery
Anna Maria Maggiore – Director MUDEC in Milan
Pierre Payroll – Collector, artist, interior designer
Bruce Boucher – Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, England
Palazzo Poggi Museum, Bologna, Italy
Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Graces, Curtatone, Mantua, Italy Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, Italy
Galileo Museum, Florence, Italy
Museum of Cultures – MUDEC, Milan, Italy
Tate Modern Gallery, London, England
Ghezelbash Gallery, Paris, France
Theatrum Mundi, Arezzo, Italy
Mirabilia Gallery, Rome, Italy
House of Massimo Listri, Florence, Italy
House of Loic Malle, Paris, France
Chateau De Bannes, France
Chateau de Champs De Bataille, France
Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London, England