Recently, I was wandering around in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and came across the Museum aan het Vrijthof. Going to museums is one thing I like to do whenever I have the time, and so I decided to go inside and see what was on the menu. I always like to see a good exhibition, however this particular exhibition caused quite a stir in my personal feelings about art…
On display was PURE, the work of Les Deux Garçons, a Dutch duo that takes taxidermy to the next level. The further I walked along, my feelings about their work went from surprised to astonished to flabbergasted and overwhelmed. By the time I reached the end, I wasn’t sure what to think of it… or myself for that matter. I have been to a fair number of exhibitions in my life, but never has it made me feel like I did.
I have to be honest, it was the best work in taxidermy I have ever seen. The minds behind this work have really outdone themselves by portraying animals as flaunting creatures that were designed for our entertainment. And I think it is exactly what this duo tried to make us feel; enjoying something beautiful yet feeling guilty about it. That is exactly how I should describe their art, morbidly beautiful.
Of course, I did the research to find out how they obtained all those beautiful animals, and I was happy to learn that all the animals used for their work died of natural causes.
If you have the chance to see their work, I strongly recommend doing so. If you do, I am curious to know what your feelings and ideas are about what you saw! -xx-