Wunderkammer set to wow locals

Posted on Monday, 29th August, 2016

The team at the Manning Regional Art Gallery are gearing up for an exciting new exhibition, Wunderkammer –The Cabinet of Wonders, which will be on display from Friday 16 September until Sunday 13 November 2016.

In this somewhat confronting, yet fascinating exhibition, artist Rod McRae uses taxidermied animals in his installations to both tell their stories and tackle the issues of climate change, pollution and conservation.  When you’re in the presence of Rod’s work, it becomes quite clear what he would like you to gain from the experience, which is an understanding of the natural environment and the relationship we have with it.

Rod explains, “Using the real thing creates art that is both authentic and empathetic and each work asks us to examine our responsibilities as fellow travellers on this planet. If we want to talk about the natural world, I think the greatest clarity we can get is by showing people the real thing.”

It is also important to note that while real animals are used in this exhibition, none have been harmed to create the works in the first instance and all have been ethically sourced.

Wunderkammer – The Cabinet of Wonders will officially open with a free event from 6pm on Friday 16 September where you can expect nibbles, wine and a guided tour of the exhibition with the man of the hour, Rod McRae. If you’d like to come along, simply RSVP by emailing gallery@midcoast.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 6592 5455.

Acting Art Gallery Director, Rachel Piercy, is excited to have this outstanding exhibition on display at the Gallery. “Wunderkammer is an interesting exhibition that will really make people stop and think about the message. It’s not only a great display for the community to come and see, but a wonderful opportunity for local school groups to be involved in,” said Rachel.  

The exhibition will run from Friday 16 September to Sunday 13 November and will be open during normal gallery hours from Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.  Visit www.manningregionalartgallery.com.au for more information.