SWITZERLAND: JEAN FONTAINE'S ZOOFOLIE EXHIBITION SHOWING AT THE LAUSANNE ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM
- Title: SWITZERLAND: JEAN FONTAINE'S ZOOFOLIE EXHIBITION SHOWING AT THE LAUSANNE ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM
- Date: 20th February 1995
- Summary: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (RECENT) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV EXTERIORS OF ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM 0.06 2. SCU ARTIST JEAN FONTAINE'S ZOOFOLIE EXHIBITION SIGN 0.10 3. SV CHILDREN PLAYING WITH EXHIBIT 0.21 4. SV CHILD PLAYING WITH ANOTHER EXHIBIT 0.30 5. SCU JEAN FONTAINE BY BATHTUB WITH BREASTS EXPLAINING HIS DISTASTE OF THE MECHANICAL (FRENCH) 0.47 6. SCU BATHTUB WITH BREASTS 0.51 7. SV VARIOUS EXHIBITS (4 SHOTS) 1.10 8. SCU FONTAINE SAYING THAT HE DEPLORES MATERIALISM (FRENCH) 1.28 9. SCU ZOOFOLIE EXHIBIT (5 SHOTS) 1.50 10. SCU EXHIBITION ORGANISER MICHEL FROIDEVAUX SAYING HE APPRECIATES THE HUMOUR OF THE EXHIBITS (ENGLISH) 2.08 11. SCU SWINGING ARM EXHIBIT 2.15 12. SCU EXHIBIT DEPICTING BODY ON COATHANGER 2.32 13. SV GERMAN VISITOR CLAUDIA HEROLD SAYING SHE LIKES THE BODY ON A COATHANGER (ENGLISH) 2.55 14. SV ZOOFOLIE EXHIBIT 3.08 SEQUENCE 10 TRANSCRIPT: FROIDEVAUX: "I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE IMAGERY OF FONTAINE, HE HAS VERY RICH INSPIRATION AND I WHAT I APPRECIATE OVERALL IS THIS KIND OF HUMOUR OF ABSURDITY IN THIS BUSINESS." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
- Duration: 00:03:12
- Story Text: Jean Fontaine's Zoofolie exhibition showing in Lausanne's Zoological Museum during February features the artist's views of the beasts of the 21st century - part human, part animal and part machine.
The French artist, who draws his inspiration from the 15th century artist Hieronymus Bosch, describes his creations as an attack on the materialism of our society.
He says he deplores everything mechanical and warns that "Very soon we will have gobbled up the animals and soon we will do the same with humans." One of the exhibits at the Swiss exhibition is a child's bottom stuck on the back of a turbine engine, mounted on pig's trotters.
An old gramophone loudspeaker pipes out form the child's anus.
Female breasts are mounted on the front of a bathtub propelled by human feet.
Fontaine's clay sculptures are inspired by armour and mortar shells.
The artist says he aims to put across a message warning of the need to protect the environment.
Explaining the meaning of one of his exhibits, Fontaine said "I depict the hippo's horns in glass because the animal has lost its means of defence. Humans are the dinosaurs of the 21st century." Exhibition organiser Michel Froidevaux said he could appreciate the humour in the exhibits.
And one visitor, Claudia Herold, expressed a liking for the exhibit depicting breasts on a coathanger.
But Fontaine says that ultimately he wants his works of art to provoke and repulse.
Thousands of children have already seen the exhibition and have attended work shops set up for them to create their own imaginary beasts.
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