Le Cabinet de Curiosites By Assouline Books

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Le Cabinet de Curiosites

Conceived and curated by Thierry W Despont, in cooperation with Marlborough and Steinitz galleries, Le Cabinet de Curiosites was a unique installation in which contemporary art converged with antique furnishings and architecture to create a setting both old-world and otherworldly.
The exhibition presented work by Marlborough artists Despont, Manolo Valdes, and the late Claudio Bravo (the first posthumous exhibit of his work), as well as an eclectic array of rare objects from the Steinitz COLLECTIONS. An immersive environment of furnishings and antiquities from Steinitz, interspersed with Valdess trompe-loeil Libreria sculptures, Bravos hyperrealist paintings, plus Desponts Nebula paintings of imaginary celestial orbs and his fantastical sculptural creatures assembled from found objects and tools, all combined to create a multisensory experience evoking a sense of wonder and fantasy.


  • 120 pages
  • 60 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in September 2013
  • W 13.38 x L 16.73 x D 0.98 in
  • Hardcover with Jacket
  • ISBN: 9781614280729
  • 6.27 lb

About the Author

Thierry W Despont is an architect, designer, and artist who has worked on many high-profile projects, including the Statue of Liberty, the Frick family mansion, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Born and raised in France, Despont is a graduate of the ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, holds a masters degree in urban design and city planning from Harvard University, and is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and of the Arts and Letters. His artwork has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Monaco, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Venice.

Despont has written several books, including Masks, Studio, Insects, and Planets, published by Assouline.

Fred A. Bernstein studied architecture at Princeton University and law at NYU, and writes regularly about both subjects.

He has been published in Departures, The New York Times, and Architectural Digest, amongst others. He resides in New
York City.

Laziz Hamani has worked for clients including Harry Winston, Dior, and Tag Heuer, and has contributed to books including The Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Antiquaires: Flea Markets of Paris; Axel Vervoordt: The Story of a Style; Le Tresor de Saint-Denis; and all the titles in Assoulines Symbols of Religion series.