Joseph Cornell at the Royal Academy

Filed in Listings by on July 19, 2015

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

Royal Academy

Until 27 September 2015

Joseph Cornell at Royal Academy

Joseph Cornell

“From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.

Joseph Cornell hardly ventured beyond New York State, yet the notion of travel was central to his art. His imaginary voyages began as he searched Manhattan’s antique bookshops and dime stores, collecting a vast archive of paper ephemera and small objects to make his signature glass-fronted ‘shadow boxes’.These miniature masterpieces transform everyday objects into spellbinding treasures. Together they reveal Cornell’s fascination with subjects from astronomy and cinema to literature and ornithology and especially his love of European culture, from the Romantic ballet to Renaissance Italy.”

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