On Wednesday 16 January 2019,
from 18 p.m. to 21:30 p.m.,
of the exhibition
As part of the France-Romania 2019 Season which celebrates the centenary of the creation of modern Romania and coincides with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature offers carte blanche to artist Mircea Cantor.
Mircea Cantor (born in 1977), internationally renowned artist and major figure in Romanian contemporary art, won the Ricard Corporate Foundation Prize in 2004, then the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2011. Her childhood, spent in a country under a communist regime, and his personal memories constitute the starting point of most of his works. His productions focus on highlighting the social differences and the remaining borders between countries. The formal and aesthetic research of his videos and his installations combines with a poetic commitment resulting in simple gestures, but of universal value.
For her “carte blanche” at the Hunting and Nature Museum, Mircea Cantor is interested in the notion of “territory”. This theme is at the heart of the meeting of the predator and its prey which inspires his recent film (Aquila no hood muscas 2018) where we see an eagle chasing a drone. In another movie (Deeparture 2005) we witness the rising tension between a wolf and a doe rubbing shoulders in the artificial space of a “white cube”.
Mircea Cantor is also sensitive to the very special relationship that the vernacular tradition of her native country has developed with wild animals. The abundant and diverse fauna (bears, wolves, migratory birds, etc.) which inhabit the vast expanses of Romania, from the forests of the Carpathians to the marshy lands of the Danube delta, inspires certain traditional festivals and the production of objects which are theirs. are destined. Over the centuries, Christian culture has integrated the ancient pagan rites which resurface in particular on the occasion of colinde or end of year celebrations.
These rites will serve as a common thread for Mircea Cantor for the exhibition he is organizing through the rooms of the museum, as if it became the territory of a strange parade. In "image hunter" or vânătorul de imagini, he collects objects and works and arranges them in a way that gives them a new meaning. Borrowing objects of popular art from the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, ordering from his artist friends from Romania works on the theme of hunting, he mixes these "ready-mades" of a particular genre with his own works in a scenography that plays with the permanent collections of the museum.
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
Mircea Cantor, Masks, ink on paper, 2018, 30 series drawings © 2018 Mircea Cantor
Mircea Cantor "Deeparture", 2015. Video, 2,13 min - Photo: David Bordes
Gheorghe Ilea - Ingerul Caprioarelor - Photo: David Bordes
Romanian carpet, 2018, woven wool in the region of Oltenia by Antoneta Nadu, private collection - Photo: David Bordes
Installation with masks from the collection of Muzeul Naţional al Ţăranului Român, Bucharest © Muzeul al Ţăranului Român Mircea Cantor, wine funii, 2019 artist's mural courtesy wine - Photo: David Bordes
View of the exhibition - Photo: David Bordes