Please do not feed the animals at Villa Vauban
(MSS) A new exhibition dedicated to the portrayal of animals in art through the centuries opens on Saturday at Villa Vauban in the City centre.
“Please do not feed!” is the name of the museum’s newest exhibition with the theme ‘animals’ through 900 years of art history.
The collection features works by prominent artists like Marc Chagall, Eugène Delacroix and Sir Edwin Landseer and many other artists that all shared a love for painting animals.
The exhibition is built up chronologically and starts with paintings from the Middle Ages where animals were portrayed as everything from demonic to sacred, moving on to the 16th century, where the painters’ main inspirations were religions.
Animals were often portrayed in paradise and Noah’s Ark-like paintings were done presenting as many species within the canvas as possible.
Over the years, animals went from being regarded as human accessories that belonged in the stable to being portrayed as actual beings with almost human emotions.
The exhibition also displays 1920s to 1950s figurines and sculptures from the old Villeroy & Boch factory in Sepfontaines.
Covering four centuries, the exhibition truly takes visitors though a diverse journey in time.
The size of the exhibition might leave art enthusiasts wanting more, but for the average visitor it allows them to immerse themselves in the collection and not just rush through as they are aware that another 20 rooms are waiting.
You can see the exhibition at Villa Vauban until January 19, 2014. Tickets cost 5 euros for adults, 3 euros for elderly and youths aged 21-26. Entrance is free for students under 26 and youths under 21.
Additionally, entrance is totally free for everyone on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm.
- For more information, visit: www.villavauban.lu