Updated: May 15
The Wall As Bestiary: Whether tame or wild, domesticated or dangerous, animals have fascinated humankind since prehistoric times. Animals’ status has evolved but they have always been reproduced in the decorative arts, and often in wallpaper. People of the 18th century were fascinated by birds; people of the 19th century made abundant use of the fabulous creatures of the ancient and medieval bestiary; Art Nouveau design brought out the aquatic fauna … The 20th century has tended to confine animals to wallpapers for children. Current creations are teeming with animals! They represent half of the 158 documents presented in a thematic exhibition, which will be on display in Rixheim until May 27, 2019, next year.