Small Cabinet of Curiosity

    Designed on the model of Napoleon III’s Louvre, the Musée de Picardie is a fine arts museum where you can find rich artistic and archeological collections such as paintings, sculptures from the Paleolithic period to the present day.

    Started in 1855, the building is now entering a new period of rehabilitation and extension to offer new and high quality services. During its closure time and afterwards, the Museum has created a device called Small cabinet of curiosity in order to bring culture and art closer to the local and the partners.

    The project is based on the exchange of several items of the collections of the two institutions. The selections aims at showinf the main cultural and historical aspects of the two countries or regions, and museums. Roughly 20-25 pieces will be chosen in each collections and send for a temporary exhibition abroad.
    The Liechtenstein National Museum will display the artifacts within its walls whereas the Musée de Picardie will use the small Cabinet of Curiosity. Due to the size of the country and the profile of its visitors, it is not relevent to use this device in Liechtenstein which goal is to display artifacts in places not closed to the institution. Yet the ‘spirit’ the small cabinet of curiosity will be preserved in the selection of the borrowed pieces and the mediation process.

    The selection will be the reflection of the Renaissance cabinets of curiosity, with several technical, natural, artistic, archeological collections which are both the image of the collections of the museums and of the countries. For instance decorative eggs, calculating machines, landscapes, stamps, etc were listed for Liechtenstein and biface tools, puppets, or also landscapes for Musée de Picardie.
    The visitors will be able to exchange their impressions thanks to short video interviews posted on social networks (YouTube, others) for instance.