“RESONANCES, ABDUCTIONS, INTERFERENCES”
The courtyard of the Hunting and Nature Museum hosts a bronze deer, sitting on the pavement, both alert and silent. It is the work of the artist Miguel Branco, born in Portugal in 1963. For more than 30 years, thanks to the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and digital image, his work has been centered on the animal as the main subject. By borrowing most of his models from the history of art, from Georges Stubbs in particular, or by drawing on illustrations from old scientific works such as the Natural History of the Comte de Buffon, his works lend themselves to new work. pictorial and plastic order.
Claiming these borrowings, the artist uses them in a very personal way: he creates his own images of previous images. Miguel Branco's Still Stag offers a sort of counterpoint to the exhibition of German paintings presented at the same time in the rooms of the museum. Indeed, the simplicity, the apparent fragility and the form of interiority which characterize the work of the Portuguese artist, form a striking contrast with what the Germanic artists of the nineteenth century experienced in exalting the wild forces that have free rein. in nature. While, tirelessly declining, their deer, capped with formidable antlers, confront each other in deadly jousts to demonstrate their virile and warlike power, Branco's black deer is silent and solemn, and looks at us impassive, as if he questioned.
In addition to this installation, the rooms of the museum host a selection of paintings and sculptures by the artist in resonance with the works of the Museum. This cohabitation, subtitled "Resonances, Abductions, Interferences", highlights the subjective and changing character of our perception of animals, the power of the image as well as the strangeness of the animal, this "absolute other", of a primordial magical presence.
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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