Carnival of animal sculptures comes to town

Wang Jie
"The Carnival of the Animals," featuring 33 pieces from 11 artists, is currently under way at Galerie Dumonteil and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.
Wang Jie

“The Carnival of the Animals,” featuring 33 pieces from 11 artists — including sculpture, mixed media and photography — is currently under way at Galerie Dumonteil and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.

Inspired by Dumonteil’s long-standing interest in animal art, the exhibition features different types of sculptures, including bronze, sandstone, biscuit porcelain and wire mesh. It’s also influenced by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s renowned musical suite “Le carnaval des animaux” (The Carnival of the Animals), combining art and music to produce a multi-sensory experience for visitors.

One piece, “The Hippo Family” by Daniel Daviau, showcases the artist’s mastery of patina paint and the elegance of lines in a poetic world where all creatures are equal.

Jean-Marie Fiori’s “Head of the Ara” and “Head of A Toucan” can be considered the spatial and thematic continuation of Ugo Schildge’s “The Lost Birds” hanging on the wall as the backdrop, where wild creatures disappear in a beautiful jungle. They convey a message that humans must stop destroying the environment lest we drive wildlife into extinction.

Over the years, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall has been transformed from a wonton-shaped concert hall into a multiple-dimensional showplace that presents classical music and other contemporary art forms. For the exhibit, it serves as a temporary home for six large animal sculptures — Daniel Daviau’s “Hippopotamus,” “Barnaby”, “Giraffe,” “Canadian” and “Moose” and Tess Dumon’s “Mare and Her Foal” — that will be on display the entire 2020-2021 season.

Carnival of animal sculptures comes to town
Ti Gong

“The Carnival of the Animals” at Galerie Dumonteil features 33 artworks from 11 artists.

Exhibition info

Venue 1: Galerie Dumonteil
Dates: Through October 31 (closed on Sundays/Mondays), 11am-7pm
Address: Building 105, 199 Hengshan Rd

Venue 2: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall
Address: 1380 Fuxing Road M.

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