Stoves – an exhibition by Sterling Ruby

Exhibition by Sterling Ruby

21 Oct 2015 - 14 Feb 2016, 11am - 6pm

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris



21 Oct 2015 - 14 Feb 2016
11am - 6pm
Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 11h à 18h (dernier accès 17h30). Nocturnes les mercredis jusqu’à 21h30 (dernier accès 21h). Fermé le lundi et les jours fériés.


Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
62, rue des Archives
Paris,  75003
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As part of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change COP21, held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015, the Museum of Hunting and Nature offers link activities with the conference theme: to lead - for the first time - a universal and binding agreement to fight effectively against climate change and boost/speed up the transition to corporate and resilient and low carbon economies.

Echoing the Paris Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), the Museum of Hunting and Nature welcomes a work that questions the public. Installed outdoors, a series of monumental wood stoves, regularly fed with logs, seems to cool the atmosphere of the hotel courtyard of Mongelas. This ridiculous and paradoxical gesture:is an allusion to recent controversies caused by the use of wood fires in Paris, and will point out the inconsistency of our environmental management. In general, don’t we prefer the satisfaction of our immediate interests at the expense of the sustainability of our natural habitat? We urgently need to intervene. In the effort to change our habits and promote the transition to sober carbon economic models, art can be an effective instrument.

Once again, with his "Black Stoves" Sterling Ruby denounces a society launched in consumerism and reckless waste. The themes mingle with autobiographical references. The works are inspired by familiar objects: the ubiquitous stoves in his childhood, where they served not only to heat homes, but also to eliminate waste wood from the areas of forestry work. Sterling Ruby transposes these industrial models in his sculptures of bronze or steel which he wants to keep a feature: the work of art can also be used to heat using wood which is a renewable energy source.

Sterling Ruby was born in 1972. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


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