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In Transit Blog: Whimsical Works Join a Museum’s Menagerie in Paris

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The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (62, rue des Archives; 33-1-53-01- 92-40, www.chassenature.org) is a singular space. Dedicated to exploring man’s interaction with nature, it has a permanent collection featuring hunting scene tapestries, ornately carved firearms, curiosity cabinets and taxidermied animals. And now, the museum is juxtaposing its rather sober items with whimsical pieces by the contemporary artist Françoise Pétrovitch, whose works will be on display through Jan. 22.

Ms. Pétrovitch follows in the footsteps of other contemporary artists — such as Karen Knorr and Eric Poitevin — whose works have been occasionally featured by the museum since its reopening in 2007. Her pastel-hued canvases of children clutching birds are hung amid François Desportes’s solemn bird-study paintings, her enamel rabbit head sculpture sits innocuously amid a cornucopia of mounted animals, and her drawings of children and animals on a dozen delicate-looking white paper plates are slipped into vitrines beside 18th-century porcelain dishes.

Her works, nearly all of them commissioned for this show, adapt to each room of the museum but also “skew the gaze of the visitor,” said Claude D’Anthenaise, the show’s curator.

From her ink-washed series Les Vanités in which human heads fuse with animal figures, to the disembodied cloven-foot sculptures placed below metal armor, the works explore the boundaries between predator and prey, cruelty and compassion.

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