Bêtes et Bestiaire : Animals from the Colby-Curtis collection

Temporary Exhibition – First Edition

Animals are ubiquitous in the culture of the industrial era. On the one hand, their transformed bodies are used in the manufacture of many objects, utilitarian as well as decorative. On the other hand, the abundance of animal representations shows that they constitute an essential part of the human imagination. How do the artefacts of the culture of the turn of the 20th century relate to animals? And what does this look at the animals say about the people who made and used the objects? The Beasts and Bestiary – Animals from the Colby-Curtis Collection exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the role animals play in the making of our humanity.