Contre-Nature / Against Nature

MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporain


Against Nature is an exhibition inhabited by insolent, hybrid shapes made of clay and glaze, such grotesque creatures compose a luxuriant, original, mysterious, troubling, or even hallucinatory world. Nature is artifice, and artifice becomes nature in order to decategorize scales and values, as well as to reverse commonplaces regarding sculpture and the ceramic tradition. The works gathered concern ceramics less as folklore than as modeling and alchemy, technique, and magic. Water, earth, and fire are the essential, unrivaled components of these new worlds: « What we call against nature is in fact against custom. » (Montaigne)


With works by Salvatore Arancio, Johan Creten, Roberto Cuoghi, Michel Gouéry, Takuro Kuwata, Claire Lindner, Sterling Ruby, Elsa Sahal, Katrina Schneider, Elmar Trenkwalder, Tamara Van San and many more.

Anne Wenzel will present het immersive installation Silent Landscape. This will be the first time that this installation will be on display in France.



Under the artistic direction of Numa Hambursin, general director

Curator: Vincent Honoré, director of exhibitions and Caroline Chabrand, curator


A catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition.


21 May - 4 September 2022




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