Why do turtles rush to the sea as soon as they leave their nests, and spiders spontaneously weave webs ? Mysterious, imperceptible and fascinating, the animal instinct – the innate knowledge that leads living beings to perform actions automatically and unconsciously from birth – has interested many scientists since Aristotle. This “animal” behavior, which is also very much human, has also stirred the curiosity of artists for centuries.
The Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle is delighted to present the group exhibition animal instinct / instinct animal, which offers an atypical journey into the animal condition and explores the relationship between animals and human beings. In an unprecedented dialogue, masterpieces from the museum’s animal collection – including etchings by Goya and Chagall – mingle with projects by invited contemporary artists.
What does a dog running through an abandoned factory perceive? How do bees react to pesticides ? What kind of stress do animals used by the army feel ? Animal artists, philosophers, victims and resisters, the projects presented question the blurred boundary between nature and nurture, wild and domestic, environment and culture, submission and freedom.
Inspired by Hicham-Stéphane Afeissa’s Manifeste pour une écologie de la différence (Manifesto for an Ecology of Difference), this eclectic bestiary invites us to question our relationship with the animal world, both in terms of our identity and the contemporary challenges of biodiversity.
In addition, children will be invited to express themselves and reflect on this theme in a space designed especially for them, in collaboration with the Swiss magazine La Salamandre.
ROMAN SELIM KHEREDDINE