Hermes presents exhibition Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet
December 12, 2016: Parisian luxury house Hermès and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, have collaborated to pay homage to French artist and naturalist, Robert Dallet (1926 – 2006). An exclusive exhibition, titled ‘Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet’, celebrates the beauty of big cats while raising awareness of their existence, forming part of a project to protect them from extinction. Launched at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, USA, the exhibition has travelled through Milan, Munich, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and will culminate in Mumbai at the Hermès flagship store from December 10, 2016 - January 12, 2017.
The exhibition features a few of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sketches, illustrating the eight big cat species: tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, snow leopard and clouded leopard. The exhibition provides a visual framework for a powerful conservation message and touches on Dallet’s two-decade-long design collaboration with Hermès.
Pierre-Alexis Dumas – Artistic Director, Hermès, explains, “By making Dallet’s hitherto little-known genius available to a worldwide audience on the tenth anniversary of his death with a travelling exhibition, a book, and a generous scarf to support Panthera on the tenth anniversary of its life, we hope to help raise awareness about the precarious existence of wild cats and their environments on a global basis.”
Paintings and drawings of Dallet’s work have been selected both from the Émile Hermès collection and the Robert Dallet family private collection. The exhibition is accompanied by a book co-published by Hermès and the French publishing house ActesSud.
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