Théo Mercier. Every Stone Should Cry

24 Apr 2019 – 30 Jun 2019

Event times

Open every day except Mondays and holidays,
from 11h to 18h, from 11h to 21h30 on Wednesday.

Cost of entry

Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Versailles, France


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Ten years after having made his first solo exhibition, the artist Théo Mercier returns to live in the halls of the Museum of Hunting and Nature.

Sculptor and director, he works on the relationship between the work and its environment. The artist wants to introduce visitors to a real choreography of the eye. To this end, in his installations, he mixes with his own sculptures objects or works of folk art he has collected during his travels. The diversity of provenance of the collections thus constituted is in the image of globalization, their arrangement evoking a sort of archeology of the future. The museographic context gives a new meaning to the objects on display, while strangeness, poetry or humor arise from unusual connections.

With the exhibition EVERY STONE SHOULD CRYTheo Mercier questions the notion of "domestication" of nature by man, be it animal, vegetable or mineralogical. He imagines a post-modern scenario around animal happiness and domestic happiness, in a garden of illusions where the living would play all the roles thought by and for man. From the original to the industrial copy, he reinvents the notions of classification and naturalistic collection in the era of (re) mass production, to create a "museum of artificial history" and to give rise to new dialogues or disputes between the collected objects. Transforming the temporary exhibition space into a time space of a new kind, Théo Mercier sets our eyes somewhere between the shop display, the cabinet of curiosities and the playground for children or animals. By a staging of attractive colors and shapes, this factitious world suggests a form of confinement and strangeness to explore. Conceived as a closed place, the exhibition offers a domestic zoo in which the visitor enters through a small door to discover new ways of looking at the world. Through improbable games of scale and usual movements, the hanging recreates the illusion of a recreational space for the visitor who, despite himself, plays the role of "guinea pig" in a cage. By a reversal of the relations of powers and fantasies between man and nature, the exhibition EVERY STONE SHOULD CRY portrays the tensions between play and control, happiness and terror, illusion and reality, or reward and punishment.

Exhibiting artists

Theo Mercier


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