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Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up

Now on
12 Sep 2020 – 07 Feb 2021
Free

Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Francis Upritchard, Yellow Grief 2011 (install view), at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Francis Upritchard, Yellow Grief 2011 (install view), at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Bryan Harold, Spring Loaded Rabbit Jaw, 1988. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1989

Bryan Harold, Spring Loaded Rabbit Jaw, 1988. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1989

Lost Heads & Hobgoblins takes a look at strange things in The Dowse Collection…or perhaps it asks you to look at things in The Dowse Collection strangely?

Exploring The Department of Lost and Found Heads, The Cabinet of Things That Are (Probably) A Little Bit Magical and The Directory of Dark and Mysterious Places, Lost Heads & Hobgoblins: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Pop-Up exhibition takes us on a wild ride through the curious, fascinating and at times, outright strange objects in The Dowse Collection.

This curious romp through the collection was inspired by The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, an online project by Dr Chelsea Nichols. Recently appointed as Senior Curator at The Dowse, Nichols explores our collection through that unusual lens – bringing her imaginary museum into the real world for the first time.

Leaving the collection doors open for the mysterious hands, heads and melting ice-cream cones to sneak out from their shelves, Lost Heads & Hobgoblins plays with the way museums can tickle a weird part of your brain, introducing a witty, personal way of looking at art.