Animalia

2nd DOOR

Homo sapiens, at the origin of the species, saw themselves reflected in the natural world. We gave names and imaginary personalities to beings and objects: to plants, animals, rocks, mountains, rivers, stars and planets. We “projected” ourselves outwards. It was our animistic period, which still endures in archaic cultures, and shows itself, too, in many rites and customs of modern societies.

Artists, whether of today or tens of thousands of years ago, have a need to represent the vitality and energy concealed in living beings. Essentially they speak of what we have been, and what we still are. At times, new animals with new forms and functions are invented, in an exercise of imaginary anticipation. The past and future are thus combined, in a contemporary vision of the world.