At the crossroads of Anthropology, History of classic and contemporary Art, fashion and customs,
CHEVEUX CHÉRIS exhibition focuses on the universal theme of hair and brings together approximately 250 classic paintings, sculptures, photographs and ethnographic and multimedia
items regarding that topic.
It addresses the aspect of their personality that people project throughtheir hairstyle and starts off from thestandpoint of frivolity, of the competition betweenblondes, redheads and brunettes, between straightand frizzy hair... Before moving towards the idea of ahuman material to shape and sculpt, a canvass bothfor practical expertise and for considering the relativityof beauty, but also an object of loss, a symbol ofthe passing of time, of disease and of death.
Through the nostalgic use that is made of it, hair is amedium for memory. As a form of human remains,of relics, it retains a little of the aura and energyof its owner: throughout the world, these «mana»have engendered a number of objects consideredto be « magical » or, at the very least, endowed withpowers that can be appropriated.
The exhibition thus evolves from a youthful frivolity to the inevitable occurrence of loss, through age and violence, towards mourning and memory, thereby questioning our categories based on a universal