from May 14 to September 17 2023

Grandeur nature

18 artists in the English garden

The first artistic parcours dedicated to contemporary sculpture in the English garden of the Château de Fontainebleau, GRANDEUR NATURE was organized by the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, in close collaboration with the teams of Fontainebleau. At the heart of this vegetal decor, it is a question of fantastic or little strange animals, works that hide and madnesses that are exposed, installations that are as ephemeral as they are fanciful, but also nature and environment.

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GRANDEUR NATURE is a dialogue with the landscape, especially with the exceptional trees that have made up the English garden since the 19th century. The eighteen artists presented were chosen for the singular and personal link they have with nature and which leads them to seek the perfect integration of their works in this theater of greenery, in complete complicity with the gardeners of the place. The park becomes an open-air gallery where the visitor-walker is invited on an astonishing art hunt. For this inaugural edition, the Château de Fontainebleau has chosen to stage a playful journey, a bit surreal, as a nod to Belgium, guest country of the twelfth Art History Festival on June 2, 3 and 4 at the castle. During a poetic stroll, we can come across some forty works of art, all set to make us dream: deities of the forest, duo of topiary rhinos, dancing stones, flying chair, giant dwarf or happy monsters, as well as an unusual fries stand on the Carp pond…

Artists: Gilles Barbier, Julien Berthier, Christophe Charbonnel, Carole Chebron, Céline Cléron, Martine Feipel & Jean Béchameil, Jean-François Fourtou, Elsa Guillaume, Sébastien Jouan , Katarzyna Kot, Gérard Kuijpers, François-Xavier Lalanne, Laurent Le Deunff, Yoshikazu Goulven Le Maître, Présence Panchounette, Françoise Pétrovitch, Philippe Ramette, Philémon Vanorle – Volatile Society

Gereral Curatorsl: Christine Germain-Donnat, head of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and Jean-Marc Dimanche, Independent Artistic Advisor,

Associate Curators for the Château de Fontainebleau: Thierry Lerche, Head of the Gardens Department ,Anaïs Dorey, Chief Curator in charge of Sculptures, David Millerou, Head of the Educational Department

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