NIGHT OF MUSEUMS

THE GOLDEN ASS OR METAMORPHOSES

SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017, FROM 19H

EUROPEAN NIGHT OF MUSEUMS

The proposal by Frédérique Lecerf, for the Night of Museums and the 50e anniversary of the Museum, is based on “The Golden Donkey”, a famous story by the Latin writer Apuleius (Lucius Apuleus, XNUMXnd century AD). Transformed into a donkey by his mistress, Lucius, the hero of the book is involved in multiple comic or esoteric adventures. The mixture of genres, astonishing, hilarious and spicy in places, is the charm of a story that has never ceased to inspire authors and artists.

During Museum Night, the public will discover the myth of Eros and Psyche. Like the hero of the book, he will be initiated into the mysteries of Isis through six performances: Jeanne Susplugas will approach with humor, absurdity and cynicism, the question of the animality present in each of us. Chloe Silbano will make the feather a link between the man and the beast, whether it is naturally implanted in the skin of the bird or that it brushes the skin of the model. Sometimes monkey, sometimes turtle,  David Black will relate the triumphs and defeats of these animals through film screenings, music-hall moments and private interviews with the public. The hostesses of Laboratory of the underperformance will accompany the spectators until the end of the night. Parodying certain attempts at reification of the female body, they will turn it into a museographic tool dedicated to the exhibition of the performative underside of the myth, between metamorphosis and animalization. Rachel Marks will use the repetition of the gesture to generate the rhythm of a dance-creation, metamorphosing under the eyes of visitors from cocoon to chrysalis then to butterfly. Roberto Martinezaccompanied by Frédérique Lecerf will create a sound space for metamORphosis of deer, wolf and donkey. All in their own way will dazzle this festive and museum night.

WHO ARE THE ANIMALS?
Video competition

The videos selected to compete in the 9th edition of the Night Prize for Museums at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will also be shown. Students from art schools and university film and plastic arts courses are invited to consider the question: Who are the animals?

© Frédérique Lecerf
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