Revolting Hunting Trophies: Art Orienté Objet at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Wade, Sarah (2021) Revolting Hunting Trophies: Art Orienté Objet at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. In: Revisiting the Past in Museums and at Historic Sites. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 173-190. ISBN 9780367707224

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Abstract

This essay examines an exhibition by the French artist duo Art Orienté Objet at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, during 2013-2014. It considers how interventions of contemporary art presented amongst this historical hunting collection during the exhibition provided opportunities to address current ecological concerns such as species loss. Today, hunting museums face the challenge of remaining relevant and appealing to visitors, when hunting trophies are often viewed as distasteful, conflicting with modern-day sensibilities acutely attuned to the threats facing wildlife. The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature has responded by making key changes to displays as part of a major renovation completed in 2007, which included the commissioning and presentation of contemporary art amongst the museum’s collection. This essay examines this curatorial strategy in action in the Art Orienté Objet exhibition. It demonstrates how the display of artworks that employed craftivist tactics and blurred the boundaries between species provided opportunities for catalyzing debate about hunting and engaging visitors with contemporary ecological concerns in the context of this historical hunting collection.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2021 01:55
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2021 01:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81992
DOI: 10.4324/9781003147695

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