Thomas Grünfeld Misfit (penguin/peacock) © by DACS, London 2013. Photo: Lothar Schnepf

Thomas Grünfeld
Misfit (penguin/peacock) © by DACS, London 2013.
Photo: Lothar Schnepf


Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing

25th January – 26th April 2014
Showing at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
Exhibition Launch - Friday 24th January, FREE
6.30 – 7.30pm Newlyn Art Gallery
8pm-late The Exchange

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing is a startling exhibition that moves wittily, sometimes mysteriously, between contemporary art, anatomy, Cold War secrets, the origins of museums and voyeurism in everyday life. Alongside the contemporary works, curated by Brian Dillon for Hayward Touring, we have invited Helston Folk Museum to present a selection of their curious items at The Exchange.

Taking as a starting point the cabinets of curiosities that flourished throughout Europe in the 17th century, Curiosity is a detailed and spectacular meditation on the nature of wonder, fascination and inquiry.

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing includes work by Salvatore Arancio, Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka, Corrine May Botz, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Gerard Byrne, Nina Canell, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Gunda Förster, Aurélien Froment, Laurent Grasso, Thomas Grünfeld, Susan Hiller, Toril Johannessen, Nina Katchadourian, Jeremy Millar, Matt Mullican, Katie Paterson, Aura Satz, Miroslav Tichý, and Richard Wentworth.

A Hayward Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with Turner Contemporary and in association with New York art and culture magazine Cabinet.

Exhibition Events

Exhibition Tours
First Thursday of each month,  11am, The Exchange.
First Friday of each month, 11am Newlyn.
Join a member of staff for an informal tour and discussion about the exhibition.
No booking required, FREE

Curious Penzance
The Ramp Wall, The Exchange, 24th January – 26th April
Tell us a curious fact about Penzance or Newlyn!  Your suggestions will be added to the large map on the Ramp Wall, created for us by artist Sam Bassett. Curious Penzance continues our celebration of the town.

The Curious Exchange
The Exchange
25th January – 26th April, every Saturday at 12noon
Call in and see our display of collected curiosita! Bring your own rare, strange or beautiful object and swap it against a new curious thing, to create a new display every week.  FREE