Mark
Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Meuble en bois, boites à cigares, figurines, plastique, bocaux et bibelots
208 x 147 x 25 cm
Unique artwork
© Rafaele Fanelli

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Voltaire

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Poe

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Crowned snake

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Serpent couronné

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Monuments

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Boxes

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Glass egg

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Egg

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Creature

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Dinosaur

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Detail : Bocaux

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view : " Our Plundered Planet ", Hugh Lane Gallery, Ireland (04-04 / 01-09-2019)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand paris
Credit: Courtesy of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photography by Ruairí Conaty

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view : " Our Plundered Planet ", Hugh Lane Gallery, Ireland (04-04 / 01-09-2019)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand paris
Credit: Courtesy of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photography by Ruairí Conaty

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view :" Wunderkammer 2 ", Esbjerg Art Museum, Danemark (05-10-2019 / 08-03-2020)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand Paris

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view :" Wunderkammer 2 ", Esbjerg Art Museum, Danemark (05-10-2019 / 08-03-2020)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand Paris

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view :" Wunderkammer 2 ", Esbjerg Art Museum, Danemark (05-10-2019 / 08-03-2020)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand Paris

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view :" Wunderkammer 2 ", Esberg Art Museum, Danemark (05-10-2019 / 08-03-2020)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand Paris

Mark Dion
Between Voltaire and Poe, 2016
Exhibition view :" Sphere ensemble ", Cent Quatre #104, Paris (16.09 - 19.11.2017)

Courtesy : Galerie In Situ-fabienn e leclerc, Grand Paris

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«Between Voltaire and Poe»  2016

Dion' s evocative cabinets are often manifestations of a battle of ideas between the rational collection of nature (Voltaire) and the irrational collection of the unconscious or extra-natural (Poe). This work embodies numerous concerns and themes in Dion' s work- monsters, travel, the distinction of the artificial and natural, passion of collecting, possible alternative taxonomies. For example the juxtaposition of the sculpted dinosaur (a real animal that no human ever actually encountered) with the mythic basilisk (an entirely fictive beast with magical powers), contrasts the transition form the world of nightmares to that of science.