Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect
Lenticular graphics at the entrance to the gallery help draw visitors into the space.
The entrance to Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect
SIE designed and produced the graphics, artifact mounts, and case furniture for the exhibit.
A detail of one of the cases showing the label for collector Albertus Seba’s lavishly illustrated volume
SIE’s designers brought Smithsonian Libraries’ unique stories to life through colorful graphics and the wonderful imagery from books and objects.
The concept of the exhibit was to create a modern interpretation of the Cabinet of Curiosities.
The exhibit features historic treasures as well as everyday items, such as comic books and cookbooks.
A wall at the back of the gallery features imagery from the books in the exhibit and asks visitors what they collect and why.