This summer, the Hunting and Nature Museum takes to the air and goes hunting in the lands of Haute-Saône. The Château de Champlitte, belonging to the network of departmental museums, welcomes in its beautiful XNUMXth century lounges (refurnished for the occasion) and its spaces carefully reconstituting the daily life of the Franche-Comté countryside, old and contemporary pieces from the museum collections as exceptional loans.
From hunting as a royal and seigneurial privilege to the opening of this practice during the Revolution and then throughout the XNUMXth century, the exhibition traces the history of these so diverse hunts, practiced by the lords of Champlitte, but also in all the country. Whether hunting for entertainment or for food, the hunter who knows how to hunt, whether aristocrat or poacher, also acquires an intimate knowledge of the fauna, as evidenced by works and treatises on hunting.
The chateau lounges invite the visitor to discover what, in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, was both a school of war and “pleasure of the fields”. The popular arts and traditions rooms invite you to take a tour of the bourgeois and popular hunts of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, where the notable, the gamekeeper and the poacher are essential figures. Who goes hunting ... is not necessarily who we think.
Throughout the visit, animated films and contemporary works initiate a playful and poetic dialogue with the permanent collections and question the visitor about a practice that was once widespread,
but which today raises many debates. Mocking or majestic animals, incongruous traps, creatures on the borders of man and beast, have crept into the midst of peasant furniture and craftsmen's tools to create an unexpected treasure hunt, a true artistic crossover.
Works by Julien Salaud, Françoise Pétrovitch, Ghyslain Bertholon, Lionel Sabatté, Suzanne Husky, Isabelle Levenez, Benoît Huot, Clara Perreaut, Christian Gonzenbach, Eunji Peignard, Pii…