“Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature”

Lionel Sabatté, long-term cycles

It’s spring all year round for Lionel Sabatté as he bounces from one exhibition to another, one project to another. Art Media Agency visited him in his studio to learn more about his news, his work, his evolutions. A portrait. Lionel Sabatté started 2017 under the sun of Los Angeles where he’s occupied a studio for the last two years. He went on to the refreshing coolness of his second studio in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, just next to Paris – which still offers a fair share of fine spells. The youthful forty-something originating from Toulouse is currently showing his sculptures in the courtyard of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris while hundreds of his works have been chosen for the “Golem” show at the MAHJ (Paris) and “Vies d’ordures” at the MUCEM (Marseille). On top of this, Galerie C presented a solo show of his work at Drawing Now in March, and – the icing on the cake – he won the prize awarded by the fair. Yet another honour after already winning the awards distributed by the Institut Français in Mauritius, Yishu 8 (Beijing), and the Prix Patio La Maison Rouge last year. This rhythm confirms the brisk pace at which things are moving ahead for Lionel Sabatté. Already in 2010, Éva Hober included him in the “La belle peinture est derrière nous” exhibition, shown at Sanat Limani (Istanbul) before travelling to Ankara, to the Lieu Unique (Nantes) and to Slovenia. But the critical shift to the next gear occurred in 2011 when the artist was shown by Patricia Dorfmann at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, as part of the FIAC’s “outside-the-walls” itinerary. Here, he presented La Meute in the Galerie de l’Évolution, a series of five wolves made from clumps of dust gathered from...

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Opening of the Galerie RX in the Marais, with Bae Bien-U

Since 20 October, the Galerie RX has opened a space with six exhibition rooms in Paris, in the Marais district. Four rooms allow for simultaneous displays, instilling dialogue between works by different artists from the gallery or by guests. Two basement levels, a video-projection room, and a large reserve where works will be shown on picture rails, with a drawing table and walls for hanging, fill out the exhibition offer. Two years of searching were needed to find this 640 m² space – formerly the Hôtel Gegault de Crisenoy, located between the Musée Picasso and the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. The gallery kicks off with an exhibition by Korean photographer Bae Bien-U – undeniably the greatest photographer from the Land of the Morning Calm with forty or so years of practice behind him. In addition, the gallery has announced that it will now be representing artist Joël...

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Artist does 13-day performance with just the bear necessities

Paris, 8 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). A French artist is inhabiting the inside of a bear carcass in a two-week-long performance piece at Paris’s Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. Abraham Poincheval is performing “Dans la peau de l’ours” (In the skin of the bear), in which he occupies a space measuring 1.6m x 1.2m x 2.6m. The bear has been specially designed in skin and fur from a Canadian black bear, and took three months to create. Eating, sleeping and relieving himself inside the animal for thirteen days, Poincheval is to be forced to confront issues of humanity, in a work which sees him “become” the animal. The artist, born in 1972 in Alençon, is no stranger to performance installations that test his physical limits: in 2012 in Marseille he shut himself in a 60cm x 160m hole in the ground for seven days, and in 2013, embarked on another week-long burial underneath the city hall in Tours. As well as the essentials for Poincheval to survive for 13 days, the bear is also equipped with a camera, which is broadcasting a live stream of the performance via the museum’s...

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Rhino horn stolen from Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Paris, 12 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA) On 6 December, a white rhino horn was stolen from Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. According to the Musée de France management team, it is the fourth theft of the year. A rhino horn can be worth millions in the Asian market as it has medical functions. In fact, horns can be crushed to powder and sell to heal headaches, migraines, typhoid fever or smallpox (variola). In the early afternoon of 6 December, two thieves reportedly broke in to the museum and stole the horn after attacking the guards with teargas. The rhino horn, kept on the first floor of the building, was captured in South Africa in the 1980s. This event adds to the increasing list of horn thefts. Similar cases were reported at Museum of Rouen, at Museum d’histoire naturelle of Blois, as well as at the African Museum on Île d’Aix. Museum de Bourges also reported a failed attempt of theft. Across Europe, similar incidents were reported: in Belgium two rhino heads were stolen from Museum des sciences naturelles in Brussels, while two other thefts took place in Vienna, Austria, in a taxidermist and in an auction house. In Lisbon, Portugal, two Australians were arrested after hiding six rhino horns in their luggage. Prevention measures have been applied across different institutions, for instance the security at the Thoiry zoo in Yvelines have now put their three white rhinos under strict surveillance in order to protect them from...

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Françoise Pétrovitch exbibition prolonged at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Paris, 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA). The “Françoise Pétrovitch” exhibition, currently held at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, will be on display until 12 January 2012. The works of French artist, Françoise Pétrovitch, constitute an unusual dialogue with museum works and offer a new view of the Parisian museum. In fact, the artist has invested in the centre of the museum’s permanent collection — paintings and animals with fur and feathers — to present her own space, filled with strange creatures and sculptures. Thus, surreal models hang from paintings, porcelain rabbit heads are displayed on chairs, a glass puppet can be found in the guns hall, a ceramic princess on the scales, along with glass cages hanging from the ceiling of the pet salon. The artist also introduces the public to a universe of human creatures and animals referring to the childlike, enchanted and magic world. Pétrovitch needed approximately two years to prepare and create the project, and frequently visited the museum to subvert the collection. Along with these installations, the museum has dedicated a temporary exhibition of the artist’s works, including the video, Le loup et le loup, her first use of the video medium— and the Vanités drawing...

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