As the curator of the virtual wunderkammer Bizzarro Bazar, [Ivan Cenzi] trawls the depths of the human and animal kingdoms to unearth strange, bizarre, and oftentimes macabre stories. […] One could say that Ivan is an evangelist of dark wonder, an intellectual Charles Fort with the intrepidity of Indiana Jones and the morbid wit of Edgar Allan Poe. (The Thinker’s Garden)
Exploring wunderkammern, photography, anthropology and anatomical collections, the blog is intended as a starting point to contemplate the Wonderous, described as something destabilizing, therefore offering a new point of view on things, on the world and on history. (Vice Italy)
Bizzarro Bazar is “the” privileged place where the unusual, the uncanny, the obscene and the liminal are approached without the slightest concession to morbidity. […] With his blog, and with an ever richer publishing activity, Ivan Cenzi has been proving for years that the macabre and the uncanny admit a very sophisticated level of interpretation […]: catching the reader off guard –and swerving to the side – Ivan proves to be fully aware of the risk that his material might be the object of a purely morbid interest, but this does not undermine his dedication to appreciating the most sophisticated implications of the Horrible, the Obscene, the Liminal. His posts are large and densely documented, they take into consideration the historical dimension in order to place each theme in its right context, and they are permeated with an absolutely rare sense of humanity; the readers who associate these topics with drooling, shady characters with a dirty criminal record, will recognize in the style of Bizzarro Bazar the aplomb of an old-time gentleman, capable of descending into the filth and the unspeakable only to resurface with a story of which he then shows, in the clearest and most lucid way, the most intellectually stimulating aspects. (Mariano Tomatis)
Bizzarro Bazar may be the best blog I ever stumbled upon. […] A school, an introduction to and an inexhaustible source of incredible, disturbing, amusing knowledge… (Sdangher)
Welcome to my blog!
My name is Ivan Cenzi, I am an explorer of the uncanny and a collector of curiosities.
Launched in 2009, Bizzarro Bazar has quickly become the main Italian resource for everything “strange, macabre, wonderful”. Today its archive features more than 700 articles.
Over the years, I have written about wunderkammern, museums and anatomical collections, the history of circus and traveling fairs, XVI to XX century science, photography, classic and modern art, music, literature but also anthropology, tanathology, psychology, cinema, sexuality, humor, etc.
My editorial line tries to avoid “supermarket wonders” junk, as much as “mysteries” (UFOs, ghosts, and so on), emphasizing the lesser-known history of a humanity who made a virtue and a creative force out of being different and non-aligned.
Since 2014, Bizzarro Bazar has also become a collection of books published by Logos, focusing on Italy’s macabre and hidden wonders.
Aside from curating this blog, I have contributed to several magazines and websites, prefaced contemporary art publications, held talks in museums and universities, and organized cultural events.
To submit suggestions, recommendations, links, collaboration proposals or just to chat a bit, you can contact me by email.