Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust at Royal Academy of Arts


Joseph Cornell Tilly Losch, c. 1935. The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2015. Pinterest


Encounter some of the most original art work of the 20th century with Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Despite many of his works referencing the concept of travel, Cornell was unusual in that he very rarely ventured far from his home: a basement in New York.

Famous for his glass-fronted shadow boxes, he would create tiny masterpieces that were constructed from everyday bits and pieces. When combined, these ordinary trinkets became magical works that have charmed and fascinated art-lovers around the world.

Cornell would search the antique bookshops and dime stores of Manhattan, collecting apparently unremarkable paper, ephemera and small objects that he would apply his artistic vision to. Fascinated by cinema, astronomy, European culture, ornithology and many other subjects, his boxes reflect a magpie-like, self-taught artistic vision.

With more than 80 of his remarkable boxes on display – many of which have not been seen outside of the USA – this is a rare chance to get familiar with the work of a true great.


Venue Details & Map

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Public transport:
Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park Train: Victoria Piccadilly Circus: walk down Piccadilly towards Green Park. The Royal Academy is opposite Fortnum & Masons.

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