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Terenja van Dijk



The cabinet of curiosities at the Antwerp Zoo

between art and science

Commissioned by the Antwerp Zoo in the context of the municipal project O dierbaar Antwerpen [2007]

Co-Curator with Giovanna Visini; exhibition scenography, direction and production of a series of films

The Zoo’s contemporary cabinet of curiosities is housed in the former dairy and shows the hidden treasures of the institution: stuffed animals, skeletons, embryos, eggs, works of art, films, numerous photos, and original 19th-century manuscripts.

This otherwise hidden cultural heritage attests to the creation and evolution of the Zoo, which is nearly 165 years old. The exhibition demonstrates that the zoo is more than just a park with animals, but also a cultural and scientific phenomenon.


‘Oh Dierbaar Antwerpen’ booklet frontpage

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‘Oh Dierbaar Antwerpen’ booklet frontpage

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Rariteitenkabinet tekst brochure

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