Nature humaine – Humaine nature

11 November 2022 – 10 April 2023

Gilles Aillaud
Ed Atkins
Valentin Carron
Vincent van Gogh
Gyárfás Oláh
Shara Hughes
Jochen Lempert
Otobong Nkanga
Robert Rauschenberg
Pamela Rosenkranz
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Gisèle Vienne
Yuyan Wang
Luigi Zuccheri

Vincent van Gogh, Trees, Paris, juillet 1887
Huile sur toile, 46,5 x 38 cm.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

As the signs that we need to rethink the polarity between nature and culture are multiplying, and when the harm inflicted on the planet by human beings is becoming ever more apparent, the exhibition “Human Nature – Humane Nature” invites us to explore the complex relationship between humanity and nature.

Vincent van Gogh, an enlightened, avant-garde artist working during a time of intense industrialisation, often evoked nature and the possibility of synthesis with it. His pantheistic vision can thus serve as a lens through which to consider contemporary works, to reflect on the differences and affinities today’s artists have with Van Gogh’s legacy.

Although the fourteen artists presented in “Human Nature – Humane Nature” seem to share the desire to foreground the urgent issues we face and to rethink our behaviours, they engage with different realms – those of dreams, of poetry, or the archetypical relationships between human beings and the plant and animal worlds. Their works, including sculptures, drawings and videos, capture apparently bucolic elements or evoke the disastrous effects of humanity’s domination over the rest of the living world, reflecting forgotten ways of being in the world from our distant past or existential questioning that has all too often been dismissed.

By focusing on the infiltration of the artificial and the digital into every aspect of our being, our daily lives and our bodies, certain works bring us closer to what is now both fundamental and essential.

Exibition curators:
Bice Curiger
Julia Marchand
Margaux Bonopera


Shara Hughes, Put On A Happy Face, 2021
172.5 x 152.5 cm
Courtesy : l’artiste et Galerie Eva Presenhuber
© Shara Hugues
Photo: Stan Narten, JSP Art Photography

Luigi Zuccheri, Sans titre, 1950-1955
Tempera sur bois, 40 × 45 cm
MMXX, Milan


Gilles Aillaud, La Fosse, 1967
Huile sur toile, 200 × 250 cm (FNAC 29065)
En dépôt au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris
© Adagp, Paris, 2022 / Cnap
Photo : Jean-Manuel Salingue – Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes


Valentin Carron, Kid and Dog (Enfant et Chien), 2021
Émail sur aluminium coulé, 120 × 149 × 57,5 cm
Collection Pictet, Genève