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12mail, Paris

Kunstkammer: The Representation of an Amateur Room
12mail [a Red Bull Space], Paris, FR
January 28 – March 25, 2011

Curator: Charlotte Cheetham (Manystuff)

Statement: «Representations of amateur wonder-rooms of the 17th century present numerous private canvas collections: in a private interior, walls are covered in an accumulation of juxtaposed canvases with no hierarchy, frame against frame, from the floor to the ceiling. The collector can welcome cultured guests and indulge in his own pleasure for aesthetics and erudite knowledge. An ideal museum, these representations of amateur wonder-rooms combine fiction and reality: an imaginary décor, copies of master pieces and hybrid collections.
The graphic design exhibition Kunstkammer shows the duality of these representations – between fiction and reality – by offering an exhibition room of posters, Manystuff’s collection, in which you can find a series of 6 fictional posters specially created for the occasion and gathered together in a graphical wonder-room.
Amateur exhibition room, Manystuff’s collection:
The first version of Manystuff’s itinerant and progressive collection was displayed for the first time in Moscow in June 2010. For Kunstkammer, Manystuff is exhibiting an original extract of the collection of posters created by French and international contemporaries such as Experimental Jetset, M/M Paris, Vier5, Laurent Fétis, Fanette Mellier, Frédéric Teschner, Pierre Vanni and many more. The scenery is a reproduction of wonder-rooms of the 17th century.
Wonder room, commissioned posters: 6 graphic designers and international studios are each to show their silkscreen printed poster, specially created for the exhibition’s wonder-room. With Abäke, Karl Nawrot, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer, officeabc & Metahaven.
Printer: Lezard Graphique (Strasbourg)
Handmade calligraphic signage: Jean-Baptiste Levée
On the occasion of Kunstkammer, the independent music label Tigersushi presents its own wonder-room: Play tracks here.»

Images of the opening and the show are available via manystuff and via flickr.