Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Tamara Kostianovsky

La chair du monde

Upcycling as an expression of the world.


With subtlety and force, Tamara Kostianovsky explores complex themes such as memory, violence, colonization, the evanescence of life, the connections between the human body and nature. Her work as a sculptor is expressed in installations that use unusual materials, including used clothing and discarded textiles, to explore ideas related to the fragility of existence and the relationship between flesh and our environment. She designs true trompe l'oeil pieces of striking but deceptive beauty, where the work oscillates between fascination and repulsion.

By exploring deep and universal themes through an innovative use of ordinary materials, Tamara Kostianovsky has earned a singular place in the world of contemporary art, captivating spectators with his works full of meaning and emotion.

For her first personal exhibition in a French museum, nearly thirty works were carefully selected and integrated into the exhibition room. exhibition and permanent tour, highlighting all the diversity of his work.


Between tree stumps, exotic birds and textile carcasses...

The exhibition room is carte blanche offered to the artist. She invites the visitor on a walk in the forest, where the trees and stumps that have taken root there are made of recycled, metamorphosed clothing. For this exceptional installation, Tamara Kostianovsky has created an unprecedented monumental work.

In the company lounge, between the paintings of Chardin and Desportes, fabric birds alight on the plum velvet damask walls. In the antechamber, the visitor discovers imposing carcasses of textiles, disturbing and disturbing by the tensions they produce, acting between beauty and violence, between refinement and ferocity. The artist explains: “The series depicts carcasses that transform into vegetation, becoming capsules that house exotic birds and plants. I conceive of these works in terms of metamorphosis. The idea is to transform the image of the carcass, which, from a place of carnage, becomes a matrix where life takes root – like a utopian environment. »

A little further, quite naturally, the bird room offers its walls with decorative green panels enriched with birds which implicitly deal with colonization. Research on French wallpapers from the Age of Enlightenment, imbued with the colonial imagination of an exotic and fantasized elsewhere, are the sources of this series with almost magical vegetation and birds adorned - even saturated - with thousands of colors.

Finally, in the forest room, there again, other panels – including triptychs – allow visitors to approach more closely and touch with their eyes all the minutia and poetry of his work.


After the exhibitions by Eva Jospin, Carolein Smit, Vincent Fournier or Sean Landers exploring mediums as different as cardboard, ceramics, photography or even painting, with Tamara Kostianovsky, the Museum of Hunting and Nature continues its ambition to discover different figures of contemporary art. Always faithful to the vision of the museum's founders, François and Jacqueline Sommer, this commitment is materialized by promoting a creative and peaceful dialogue between Man and the Living.


Curated by : Rémy Provendier-Commenne, in charge of the Museum's collection


With the support of RX&SLAG, Paris - New York

And the L’AiR Arts Association; International Arts Research Residency; Atelier 11 Cité Falguière