Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing

25 Jan — 26 Apr 2014

Newlyn Art Gallery & 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.



Join a member of staff for an informal tour and discussion about the exhibition.

First Thursday of each month, The Exchange, 11.00
First Friday of each month, Newlyn Art Gallery, 11.00
Free. No booking required


The Ramp Wall, The Exchange, 24 January – 26 April 2014
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.


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.

25th January – 26th April, every Saturday, 12.00
Free. No booking required

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