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“Different by Nature”

Our ancestors believed that only humans were endowed with intelligence. Animals and plants were not allowed to sit at this high table.

Today, in light of new scientific research, a broader definition of intelligence is emerging: the ability to learn, memorize, communicate, understand one’s environment and adapt to unknown situations. From this perspective, there are far more intelligent beings than we’d previously thought: bacteria, plants, animals, and even algorithms can be seen as smart! Today, different forms of intelligence are now plural and incomparable.

Organized and created by the Muséum de Nantes, Sciences de Rennes, the museums of Saguenay and Sherbrooke in Canada, and Science by Art.

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Noir comme Vénus
Sophie Keraudren-Hartenberger

Since graduating from the École des beaux-arts de Nantes–Saint-Nazaire in 2016, Sophie Keraudren-Hartenberger has used lead and galena in their mineral forms as a metaphor for travelling into the infinitely large and infinitely small.
Noir comme Vénus (“Black Like Venus”) uses fleeting images of the distant planet, whose mineral composition largely remains a mystery. Visitors enter a dark room filled with images and sculptures where art and science intersect.

Until 20 September

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Le Règne du silence
Fabrice Azzolin

Nearly 4,000 white earthenware sculptures were spawned from Fabrice Azzolin’s imagination during the 55 days of the first lockdown in 2020. The artist saw his sculptures as early lifeforms, arranging them on a 14-metre long table against an ultramarine background. In doing so, Le Règne du silence (“The Reign of Silence”) invites visitors to contemplate and reflect upon the first stages of life on Earth.

Until 27 September.

Organized and created by the Muséum de Nantes, Sciences de Rennes, the museums of Saguenay and Sherbrooke in Canada, and Science by Art.
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The museum garden is also showing two exhibitions as part of Nantes and Seattle becoming twin cities: Art Salish in June-July and IN DI GE NI ZE in August-September.


© Audrey Dussutur, CNRS




OPENING HOURS
Exhibition visible until 2 May 2022. From 3 July to 31 August inclusive: 7 days/week from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. In September, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
PRICES
: €4 full fare / €2 reduced fare / free under certain conditions.
Free for holders of the Pass Nantes or an annual pass to any Nantes museum (€10).
Book your PASS NANTES
DIRECTIONS
Muséum de Nantes
12 Rue Voltaire
44000 Nantes
Entrance by museum garden (Place de la Monnaie).
Accessibility

Strollers must be left at the reception desk.




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From October 30 and until December 1, France applies containment measures throughout the metropolitan territory. Travel and leisure travel are not permitted.


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