October 21, 2011 to February 19, 2012
The Maison d’Ailleurs will be staging a face to face – for the first time since the museum’s inception, substance and form will be take part in a new experiment. The exhibition will take place inside the Jules Verne Space : the original and artistic production of the Easter Island (wooden and stone statues, weapons, jewels) will be opposed to the phantasms the Western culture has been nurturing about the island (tales, films, comic strips).
Very few places have nourished fantasist visions like the Easter Island (Rapa Nui) has. The gigantic sculptures that surround the coasts and the volcanos have intrigued the imagination of all kinds of authors, and gave birth to the wildest fantasies : the last stronghold of Atlantis, the bridge to hereafter, the vestige of an extraterrestrial civilization, mythical battlefields, the first ecocide, etc.
But through fragments, the artistic and archeological vestiges tell us a very different story : the story of ingenious and pacifist people that managed to sublimate their isolation.
The exhibition Easter Island Upside Down invites you to discover this face to face, to unearth this comparison. Accompanied by a didactical discourse which underlines the real and imaginary issues of the Easter Island, this exhibition is completed by two books widely illustrated and specifically produced for this event : “L’Île de Pâques est ailleurs” and “Rapa Nui. Un rêve nécessaire. L’Île de Pâques dans la littérature, la bande dessinée et au cinéma”.
The innovative nature of this exhibition is enhanced by the exceptional quality of the works shown. Most of these works, which mainly come from Swiss, public and private collections, are exhibited to the public for the very first time.