View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016. © Bernie Krause / © UVA. Photo © Luc Boegly.
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Exhibition overview

The Fondation Cartier is pleased to present The Great Animal Orchestra, inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician, Bernie Krause. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from all over the world and invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

The exhibition presents both an aural and a visual dimension. In the transparent, light-filled spaces of the Fondation Cartier, Mexican architects Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillohave chosen to direct the great orchestra of our images of the animal world. Exploring the multiple visual perspectives that this “glass house” offers, they have created a scenographyin terracotta brick that surrounds the garden and the interior spaces of the building designed by Jean Nouvel. This architectural arrangement metaphorically reproduces that of a symphonic orchestra.

With works by:
  • Cai Guo-Qiang,
  • Manabu Miyazaki,
  • Pierre Bodo,
  • JP Mika,
  • Moke,
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto,
  • Cyprien Tokoudagba,
  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Bernie Krause,
  • Raymond Depardon,
  • Claudine Nougaret,
  • Christian Sardet

The exhibition in detail

For over 40 years, Bernie Krause has collected almost 5,000 hours of sound recordings of natural habitats, both terrestrial and marine, inhabited by almost 15,000 animal species. His research offers a wonderful immersion into the sound universe of animals, otherwise known as biophony. Before developing a passion for animal recordings, far removed from the world of humans, Bernie Krause worked as a musician and acoustician in the 1960s and 1970s, collaborating with artists like The Doors and Van Morrison. He also contributed to the creation of soundtracks to well-known films like Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polanski and Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.

Bernie Krause contemplates the natural world as a poet, he listens to animal vocalizations as a musician, and through his recordings he studies these from the perspective of a scientist. Bernie Krause has become a master in the art of revealing the beauty, diversity and complexity of the languages of wild animals, increasingly reduced to silence by the din of human activity. He implores us to listen to these voices from the living, non-human world before they are definitively shrouded in silence.

The exhibition presents a drawing of 18 meters in length specifically created for the exhibition by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. This work displays wild animals of different species gathered around a watering hole in a moment of peace and extreme vulnerability. Cai Guo-Qiang executed this drawing using gunpowder, a material he uses with an unrivalled expertise and dexterity. On large sheets of paper, an outline was first of all drawn using black gunpowder before being set alight. The traces of burn marks and smoke compose the sought-after motif: a landscape populated by animals.

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Adriana Varejão

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Hiroshi Sugimoto

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© Thomas Salva / Lumento

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Cai Guo-Qiang

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Bernie Krause / © UVA

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Bernie Krause / © UVA

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Bernie Krause / © UVA

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© Luc Boegly

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View of the exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2016

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© Thomas Salva / Lumento

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