"Bêtes de scène à Paris" Animals in contemporary sculpture

On 22 May 2020, by Virginie Chuimer-Layen
Art Orienté Objet, The Albatross, 2017, neon, 80 x 330 cm, courtesy galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.
© Franck Couvreur

The exhibition "Bêtes de scène à Paris!" in the Monte-Cristo space is a selection from last year's at the Villa Datris in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Through fifty-seven pieces and twenty-nine artists (including the Art Orienté Objet collective, Mark Dion and Joana Vasconcelos), it explores our complex, multi-faceted relationship with animals. On the ground floor, Laurent Perbos was given a free hand with The Birds, a futuristic birdcage where the inhabitants weep coloured tears. Within the first section, entitled "A Bird is Recognised by its Song", other small birds imprisoned in glass cases question our shortcomings and ambivalences, not far from strange peers produced by César, Richard Di Rosa and Tinguely. On the upper floor, the sections "Miroir aux alouettes" (Smoke and mirrors) and "Big Fish Eat Small Fish" continue probing the depths of this bestiary, seen as a huge metaphorical fable that would have resonated with Jean de La Fontaine. David Teboul's installation Les chiens ne sont pas tristes ("Dogs Feel no Sadness") evokes the relationship between Freud and his dog Jo-fi. Further on, Pascal Bernier's Farm Set Piglets highlights the absurdity of the food industry on a massive scale. Seized by remorse, did he want to repair the irreparable here? This revisited Noah's Ark feels disturbingly like a premonition as we emerge from a lockdown that has seen animals taking over the streets around the world.

Samuel Rousseau (b. 1971), Rocky Landscape, 2017, video projection, roofing stone, steel and black paint, 80 x 35 x 18,5 cm, collection Fo

Samuel Rousseau (b. 1971), Rocky Landscape, 2017, video projection, roofing stone, steel and black paint, 80 x 35 x 18,5 cm, 31.4 x 13.7, 7.2 in, collection Fondation Villa Datris.
© Franck Couvreur



Fondation Villa Datris - Espace Monte-Cristo,
9, rue Monte-Cristo, Paris XXe.
Until July 12 & from September 9 until December 2, 2020.
fondationvilladatris.fr
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