Archéopoétique 2 follows the 2021 exhibition of the same name. It is an unusual encounter between contemporary art and archaeology. In this context, archeology becomes an artistic material facilitating sensitive encounters with the public.
The first room offers around twenty feminine statuettes similar to those found
throughout Europe by archaeologists and dating from the Neolithic period. This is a tribute to these ‘first ladies’. Another collection, that of the Black Venuses, is a tribute to the Hottentot Venus, this woman sold as a slave in the 19th century, objectified, made an object of the circus, of lust, of science and of the museum. These two ensembles each speak to us in their own way of the ways in which women have been represented, but also of the social and critical role of museums. Two large-format drawings, that of Venus Hohle Fels (35,000 years BC) and Venus Willendorf (22,000 BC) complete this set.
The second room offers a table of archaeopoetics, an assembly of modeled faces inspired by archaeological collections and archaeoscientific objects. Also, on this table are found Egyptian figurines from the permanent collections of the islet, but also their modeling and large format drawings of this fabulous trilogy executed according to archaeological techniques. The installation therefore proposes a dialogue with the Egyptian statuettes exhibited on the Îlot des Palais.
“THROUGH THE IDEAS OF MEMORY, TRACES, FRAGMENTS, VISITORS VISIT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL LAND THROUGH THE IMAGINARY.”
Until September 21.
Ideation: Francine Saillant
Modeling: Francine Saillant
Drawing: Camille Courier
Video: Olivier Dubois
Video presentation of the exhibition: Francine Saillant and Camille Courier
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