♘1812-2012 is an exhibition made by the french artist Lucien Murat, in partnership with museum of the Maison Bonaparte in Ajaccio, Corsica.
Displaying an installation in the entire space of the great balrom, he revisits the Russian Retreat from September the 14th to October the 10th 2012 in colaboration with the curator Madeleine Filippi.
♘Passionate about History, and especially about his family history, this decendant of Joachim Murat, likes to reinterpret historic facts in an absurd and grotesque way.
♘ Through an intsallation made out of wooden and resin soldiers with grotesque features, this young artist offers a canivalesque vision of the Russian Retreat.
✄ example of an installation made with wooden soldiers.
Love is in the air 2010
♘ The Starting point of the project is the poem by Victor Hugo The Expiations
❝It snowed. Someone was defeated by his conquering.
For the first time, the eagle lowered its head.
Heavy days! The emperor came back slowly,
Letting Moscow in smoke burn behind him.
Is it my punishment, he says, God of armies?
Then he hears himself called by name
And someone speaking to him in the shadows, says: No.❞
Jersey, November the 30th 1852
♘ The cohort of soldiers displayed in the great balrom echoes the satiric but also epic vision of Hugo.
♘ The bodies of grenadiers, hussards, cuirassiers or even horses are mingled and mixed together, given birth to unique, monstruous ill conceived and grotesque soldiers.
These soldiers, this creatures recall the grotesques figures by Jacques Callot in the 17th century and especially the serie of The Great Miseries of War that highlights the absurdities and quirks of war.
✄ Here some sketches of the soldiers
♘ The soldiers are transformed into creatures through the use of taxidermy resin jaws (see picture below), eyes of different shapes and sizes, protuberances and bulges.
♘ The army is made up of a hundred of soldiers with size from 20 cm to 60 cm.
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