Cabinet of Wilderness

kabinet der wildernis fotoBy Isa Kuijer

Step into the world of the researcher: their office and the forest they study. In their rush to explore the surroundings, it seems the case of equipment was left behind. The portrait shows Professor Karel Voous, a prominent ornithologist and lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

With this exhibition, we hope to provide people some respite from the daily routine and allow them to marvel at the beautiful, strange and above all interesting things in the world around them.

These two display cases have been arranged as part of the Cabinet of Wonders exhibition. This exhibition was inspired by the tradition of the historical cabinets of curiosities. The objects on display were chosen from VU Amsterdam's collections, allowing us to introduce viewers to this incredibly varied collection, which has something for everyone. Be sure to have a look at the other display cases that belong to this exhibition as well, starting with the Medical Cabinet at the entrance to the Medical Library. Each cabinet has something different to offer, and they are spread out across the entire campus. After all, everyone deserves a chance to enjoy the collection. Besides, you get a chance to visit places on campus that you might otherwise never see.

The theme of the exhibition appealed to me because I am personally a fervent collector of curiosities (read: odd/old stuff), and it always makes me very happy when I come across interesting objects, especially when I was not expecting to. Hopefully, I can inspire that same sensation in others. 

Cabinet of Wilderness: Amsterdam UMC, VU University Medical Center, in the Medical Library on the ground floor