Cabinets Of Curiosities
A cabinet of curiosities is an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorial boundaries were yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, art works and antiquities.
Belgium itself is like a cabinet of curiosities. Three languages, three cultures, a gazillion different customs and traditions makes our little country a surreal melting pot. But it's also what creates a richness. In every little village you can discover something new, taste a local specialty or even see a specific kind of architecture.
We still have a taste for actual cabinets of curiosities since Belgians are known to be collectors. Throughout Belgium you can find mysterious little shops selling art, objects and other knick knacks. Old or new, if it's collectable, you'll find it there. If you would happen to be in the neighbourhood, check out these gems and awake your inner collector.
Steen & Been
'Stone & Bone' that's what 'Steen & Been' means. And it's also exactly what this shop in Antwerp sells. Beautiful skeletons, crystals and other precious stones, shells, fossils, antlers, butterflies. If you're looking for an original gift, you want an eye catcher in a minimalist interior or you want to create your own cabinet of curiosities, you'll get lost in Steen & Been, even if it's such a small and cosy shop
Volksstraat 59, 2000 Antwerp
La Meute is a new curisosity shop that opened in the Chatelain area. Owner is photographer Charlotte Pasternak. When you enter the shop you immediately see that Charlotte transferred the aesthetics of her photography into the selection in her shop. She shells old and new curiosities: stuffed animals, sea shells, books on natural history but also a great selection of (sometimes) creepy jewelry and china. Everything on displays looks like it's a work of art. Charlotte has an eye for detail and isn't it there where god is?
rue du Page 92, 1050 Brussels
Stop Over by Roa
Faithful readers of I Love Belgium know we love Belgian street artist ROA. We've posted a lot pictures of his poetic urban murals on our Facebook page. The natural evolution (and celebration) of good street artists is of course a solo show in a renowned gallery. And that's what happened to ROA. As an avid collector himself he recycled all kinds of different stuff he collected from flee markets in Belgium and all over the world. He created a spectacular cabinet of curiosities and called it Stop Over in the Bodson-Emelinckx gallery in Brussels. The show will be over the 22 of March but nothing can stop you to enjoy his art in the streets because after all, that's where it's still for free.