Fantasmineral: collectors’ dreams
Exhibition carried out by Mr. Alain Martaud
> Mineral Zone > Exhibition area in Val d’Argent Expo
For this edition, the usual speakers of our prestigious exhibitions will share their collectors’ dreams their mineralogical fantasies. Thus, after ‘hidden treasures of America‘, ‘Cu2 +‘, ‘Alps’, ‘the Origin: stones and wines‘ and ‘Geodes and fumaroles: the minerals of volcanism‘ in 2017, here is ‘Fantasmineral: collectors’ dreams‘.
The National Museum of Natural History in Paris, the Museum of Mineralogy MINES ParisTech and the Museum Confluences in Lyon will show us some of their treasures, which are usually hidden in some secret corner; they will be exhibited for the first time and showcased especially for the occasion!
The Natur-Museum of Luxembourg will present some mineral fantasies that nature has fixed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), a country rich in copper, cobalt, uranium and other coveted metals.
The mineralogical museum of Strasbourg will exhibit some treasures discovered in Germany.
Finally, the British Museum of Natural History in London will initiate us to the minerals of the British Isles, the “English classics” famous around the world. They are a reflection of the rich mining history of the United Kingdom at the origin of the Industrial Revolution during the 19th century and of the very long mineralogical tradition of this country. We will also see some jewels of the French mineralogical heritage which are preserved in London and which will cross again the Channel for the first time.
Some collectors will join the exhibition. Gilles Emringer will unveil in a ‘golden cage’ his precious collection of crystallized gold, exhibited for the first time. Frédéric Khun, a skilled collector of Sélestat, will share his double passion for minerals and mine lamps through a ‘rave party’; these items were often more than tools, they were real handicrafted pieces.
We will also see the crystals that inspired the designer Moebius and also the ‘sweet crystalline fantasies‘ (‘fantaisies sucrées cristallines’) made by a pastry chef from Annecy, best baker in France. Minerals can even take evocative forms, which we will see in ‘naughty nature‘…
Through our prestigious exhibition ‘Fantasmineral: Collectors’ dreams, you will discover what thrills collectors and you will be able to admire art works of Nature.
High text photo: 7 cm Gold – Eagles’ Nest M, Placer Co, California – © Joaquim Callen
Centre text photo: Rhodochrosite 9,5 x 7 x 5 cm, Schwaning Mine, Namibia – 16552 - © E. Gaillou / MINES ParisTech
Low text photo: Miner’s oil lamp ‘Rave type’, mines of the Massif Central – around 1880 - © Frédéric Kuhn
Photo down right: Azurite 5,9 x 9 x 5,5 cm, Chessy, Rhône-Alpes, France – 2435 – © Éloïse Gaillou / MINES ParisTech
Photo left: Wulfenite, 11 x 5,5 x 6,5 cm, Ticino, Switzerland - 15887 - © Éloïse Gaillou / MINES ParisTech
The collections of: Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, Musée Minéralogique de Mines ParisTech, Musée des Confluences de Lyon, Natur Musée du Luxembourg, Musée minéralogique de l’Université de Strasbourg, London Natural History Museum and many private collectors.