Open Museum#2 by interDuck, art history for all

With Open Museum, the Palais des Beaux-Arts gives carte blanche to artists you don’t expect to see in a museum: filmdirectors, fashion designers, musicians, actors, writers, top chefs etc. Each personality is free to put forward their vision of the museum, taking it by storm every which way.  Last Spring, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille featured a soundtrack by the group AIR for its permanent collections.

Guests at Open Museum #2 are contemporary artists from the German collective interDuck, who take a highbrow yet irreverent approach, parodying works of art with the addition of a leitmotiv in the form of a duck head, reminiscent of Donald Duck, the Walt Disney character first created in the 1930s. interDuck appeals to the non-initiated with this short history of art that everyone can grasp.

The collective interDuck has produced a body of work tweaking several hundred archaeological treasures, documents, paintings and sculptures from prehistory to our era, with the recurring duck as an avatar for humankind and our history. Masterpieces by all the great names in art history from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso as well as Friedrich and Monet have been parodied in a joyous new twist.

For the first time in France, following on from many exhibitions in northern Europe, this collective has come up with a kind of treasure hunt on all floors of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, involving masterpieces both genuine and fake (about 80). Alongside the works on loan from interDuck, there are several others created specially by the artists based on a selection of the most emblematic paintings and sculptures that best represent the museum’s outstanding collection (Goya, Bosch, Donatello and Rodin).
With the utmost care, akin to that of an archaeologist or a scientist, the collective interDuck has managed to rewrite art history, all the while poking fun. With its blend of real and fake, playful pleasure and thirst for knowledge, this Open Museum#2 Donald has already attracted young people and families who are not regular visitors.

Photo D.Delmotte