The Art and the Pleasure of Knowing

Foreword by Roger Malbert
Essays by Brian Dillon and Marina Warner
Hayward Publishing

235 × 150mm, 240 pages



Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing accompanies the Hayward Touring exhibition curated by Brian Dillon and organised in association with New York art and culture magazine Cabinet.

Taking the cabinet of curiosities as its founding motif, and through a combination of contemporary art and historical artefacts, Curiosity explores the contradictory pleasure that comes from the search for the wondrous and bizarre. Drawing on intriguing artworks, objects, images and narratives, this lavishly illustrated volume explores everything from the anthropological to the occult.

Contributors to the volume include Agency, Salvatore Arancio, Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, Corinne May Botz, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Charles Le Brun, Gerard Byrne, Roger Caillois, Tacita Dean, Albert Dürer, Gunda Förster, Aurélien Froment, Philip Henry Gosse, Laurent Grasso, Thomas Grünfeld, Susan Hiller, Robert Hooke, Toril Johannessen, Nina Katchadourian, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaes Maes, Jeremy Millar, Matt Mullican, Katie Paterson, Aura Satz and The Center for Land Use Interpretation, amongst others.

Curiosity also includes new texts by Brian Dillon and Marina Warner, and an anthology of writings on the topic of curiosity throughout the ages.’ (Southbank Center, 2013)