The Hand of Nature

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Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

French and English versions

Hardback, 22 × 28 cm, 160 pages, 113 color reproductions

Foreword by Jacques Kerchache
Text by Ettore Sottsass

ISBN: 978-2-74271-957-0

Publication: June 1998

About the publication

“A bird, a beetle, and a butterfly invite the same fervent contemplation that we reserve for a Tintoretto or a Rembrandt,” stated Claude Lévi-Strauss. Jacques Kerchache’s astonishing collection of insects, exhibited for the first time during the Être nature exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 1998, seems to be an illustration of this thought.
Nature démiurge, insectes, published in the wake of the Être nature exhibition, reveals nature’s capacity to create beauty and presents an entomological collection where nature reigns as artist: each insect turns into a work of art, unsettling the viewer’s eye with its visual perfection that combines architecture, sculpture, and painting.