The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things is an online collection of art, objects, ideas and history which are deeply, genuinely, thoroughly, RIDICULOUSLY interesting. It is un Musée imaginaire; a cabinet of curiosities for the digital age; an anthology of marvelous, bizarre, exciting, and intriguing things, paired with conversation around contemporary art. Unlike the many image sharing websites where users can endlessly post and re-post without context or reflection, the aim of the MofRIT is to promote a deeper understanding of curious and interesting things and to actively contribute to the dialogue around them.
The MofRIT is written by Chelsea Nichols, Head Curator of Ridiculously Interesting Things. In real life, she is also Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand (but all opinions on this site should be considered her own!). In 2014, she completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where her thesis focused on ‘human curiosities’ in contemporary art and their relationship to histories of exhibiting monstrous bodies. Her love of odd and interesting things always takes her research to strange new places, but her main area of interest focuses on portrayals of the curious, macabre and monstrous in modern and contemporary art.