The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collector's Cabinet and the Politics of Possession

(Los Angeles, CA—June 22, 2023) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collector’s Cabinet and the Politics of Possession, an immersive exploration of the economic and political structures that laid the groundwork for today’s museums. Assembling an imagined 17th-century Dutch collector’s cabinet, the exhibition brings together over 300 artworks, animal and mineral specimens, scientific instruments, books, and maps, with a rich landscape of multivocal narratives by experts ranging from environmental historians and zoologists to contemporary artists and Indigenous activists. 

The exhibition is curated by Diva Zumaya, Assistant Curator, European Painting and Sculpture, at LACMA.