National Museum of Natural History
30 Apr → 31 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Monday 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesday.
To see a large primate, a western gorilla, or a polar bear in real life once. A dream of adventure, but a dream that costs them dearly, these fragile colossi. This is the purpose of a sublime installation of 5 monumental sculptures of endangered animals in the garden's alleys. As part of an exhibition entitled "Fragile Colossi", the sculptor Michel Bassompierre is concerned about their disappearance, and invites you to admire their power, their strength, their beauty as well as their vulnerability. Because the exhibition is there to raise awareness, to arouse emotion in the face of their programmed disappearance if we do not act collectively. Behind this disturbing message, a refined beauty is nevertheless revealed, a probity of a perfectly mastered craft and an art of academic sculpture brought to its perfection. Michel Bassompierre is indeed one of the most important artists in the field of animal sculpture today. Over the course of his 50-year career, he has infused the discipline with a resolutely contemporary style, recognisable at first glance. Seductive and engaging, his work has travelled the world, sending his bestiary of marble and bronze to the four corners of the globe.