Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940, Box construction including wood, paper, glass, sand, doll arm, wood ball, coin, mirror, cork, rock, plastic, thread, bone, rhinestones, sequins, beads, tulle, cut-outs, and glitter, 11.9 x 27.1 x 18.4 cm (closed). Photography: Quicksilver Photographers, LLC. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2015. From royalacademy.org.uk.

Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940, Box construction including wood, paper, glass, sand, doll arm, wood ball, coin, mirror, cork, rock, plastic, thread, bone, rhinestones, sequins, beads, tulle, cut-outs, and glitter, 11.9 x 27.1 x 18.4 cm (closed). Photography: Quicksilver Photographers, LLC. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2015. From royalacademy.org.uk.

From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.

From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.

Joseph Cornell , 1903-1972 Bird in a Box wood, cork, branches, paint ...

Joseph Cornell , 1903-1972 Bird in a Box wood, cork, branches, paint ...

Joseph Cornell poses for a portrait in 1967 at his home and studio in Flushing, Queens, New York

Joseph Cornell poses for a portrait in 1967 at his home and studio in Flushing, Queens, New York

Detail of "Fossiles vegetaux" bottle – Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940. Courtesy of the Robert Lehrman trust

Detail of "Fossiles vegetaux" bottle – Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940. Courtesy of the Robert Lehrman trust

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