Inside “Le Cabinet des Curiosités”

I invited myself to Saturday night’s opening of “Le Cabinet de Curiosités,” a show of art and antiques on the second floor of 6 Harrison. It was a total, unalloyed delight, and it’s open to the public as of tomorrow (details below). The only disappointment was that I couldn’t take photos because of “copyright issues” (?), and the freebie shots that came later were mostly of the notable guests. I’m including some of those shots because you can still get a sense of the exhibit. Seeing so many Upper East Side people at once can be overwhelming; I suggesting pretending they’re professors at Hogwarts.

So what is “Le Cabinet de Curiosités”? It’s a collection of jaw-dropping antiques from the Steinitz Gallery in Paris (co-presented with the Marlborough Gallery), along with artwork by architect/designer Thierry W Despont (whose office is at 10 Harrison, and who is pictured above with Princess Firyal of Jordan), Manolo Valdés (his “bookshelf” made of wood is a standout), and the late Claudio Bravo (whose paintings are wonderful). The general theme is trompe l’oeil, including the exquisite panels dividing the hangar-like space into rooms, but I don’t think you have to know that—or to care a whit about antiques—to find the exhibit transporting. I won’t blather on trying to describe it: Just go. P.S. I did take a photo of the building’s stairwell.

“Le Cabinet de Curiosités” is at 6 Harrison (just west of Hudson); it’s open Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), through Jan. 31, and admission is free. I’m not sure whether children are allowed. On one hand, they’d love much of the art, especially Despont’s. On the other hand, the antiques are presumably rather expensive.


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  1. Can’t wait to see the show. Merci !