GRAND PRIX D’ART – 11ÈME BIENNALE DE SCULPTURE ANIMALIÈRE DE RAMBOUILLET
The members of the jury awarded the Grand Prix d'Art to Pierre-Jean Chabert for his bronze “Rhino".
The eleventh edition of the Rambouillet Biennial of Animal Sculpture has been taking place in the palace of the King of Rome since 12 October and will end on 3 November. 72 artists and their 180 works make this international exhibition an emblematic event that art lovers will not miss under any circumstances. The Japanese artist Kimiko Takagi, winner of a prize at the 2002 edition and now internationally recognised, is the guest of honour at this eleventh biennial.
For Yves Fradet-Mounier, the general curator of the exhibition, this event is a true homage to animal nature. "It was initially created by former students of the Bergerie Nationale who wanted to encourage artistic animal creation and reward the best achievements," he said, adding that the first edition took place in the King's Palace in Rome before moving to the Bergerie Nationale.
The eleventh edition of the Rambouillet Biennial Animal Sculpture Exhibition, now organised by the town council, thus returns to its roots and is once again being held in the palace of the King of Rome to the great pleasure of artists, organisers and visitors alike.
If the interest of this exhibition is to discover animal sculpture in all its forms, it is also an opportunity for artists to receive prizes and awards. Thus, at noon on Friday, the members of the jury, chaired by Senator-Mayor Gérard Larcher, had the difficult task of choosing the winners. After having carefully considered each work several times, they debated ardently, justifying and defending their choice.
"The transfer of the animal in its strength, in its movement"" This is a particularly difficult exercise to carry out because each artist has his or her own sensibility and all are very talented. For my part, in these sculptures I am looking for the transfer of the animal in its strength, in its movement. It must be alive through the artistic work," confided Gérard Larcher.
Finally, the members of the jury, including Jean-Frédéric Poisson, Member of Parliament for Yvelines and President of the Community of Municipalities of Plaines-et-Forets-d'Yveline, Gérard Ramon, animal sculptor, Yves Chabert, President of the Rambouillet International Animal Festival (FAIR) and President of the Compagnons de la Bergerie Nationale, Patrick Gromez, President of the Rambouillet Rotary Club and guest of honour Kimiko Takagi, all agreed.
Practical. Eleventh Biennial of Animal Sculpture of Rambouillet, palace of the King of Rome, until 3 November, from Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 6 pm. Admission free of charge.