On Wednesday 24 April 2019,
from 18 p.m. to 21:30 p.m.,
of the exhibition
The possession of the world
is not my priority
Bilingual French-English monographic work
Release: October 2019
Ten years after having had his first personal exhibition there, the artist Théo Mercier returns to live in the rooms of the Museum of Hunting and Nature.
Sculptor and director, he works on the relationship between the work and its environment. The artist wants to introduce visitors to a real choreography of the gaze. To this end, in his installations, he mixes his own sculptures with objects or works of popular art that he has collected during his travels. The diversity of origin of the collections thus constituted is a reflection of globalization, their arrangement evoking a kind of archeology of the future. The museographic context gives a new meaning to the exhibits, while the strangeness, poetry and humor are born from unusual connections.
With the exhibition EVERY STONE SHOULD CRY, Théo Mercier questions the notion of "domestication" of nature by man, whether animal, plant or mineralogical. He imagines a post-modern scenario around animal happiness and domesticated happiness, in a garden of illusions where the living would play all the roles thought by and for man. From the original to the industrial copy, he reinvents the notions of classification and naturalistic collection in the era of mass (re) production, to create an "artificial history museum" and give rise to new dialogues or disputes. between the collected objects. Transforming the temporary exhibition space into a new kind of space time, Théo Mercier sets our gaze somewhere between the store display, the cabinet of curiosities and the playground for children or animals. By a staging in tempting colors and shapes, this fictitious world nevertheless suggests a form of confinement and strangeness to be explored. Conceived as an enclosed space, the exhibition offers a domestic zoo in which the visitor enters through a small door to discover new ways of looking at the world. Through improbable games of scale and customary movements, the hanging recreates the illusion of a recreational space for the visitor who, despite himself, plays the role of “guinea pig” in a cage. Through a reversal of the power relations and fantasies between man and nature, the exhibition EVERY STONE SHOULD CRY highlights the tensions that exist between play and control, happiness and terror, illusion and reality, or even reward and punishment.
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros