Tattoo

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Chicago, 2017
View of the exhibition in Chicago
© 2017 The Field Museum, photographer Michelle Kuo

The exhibition returns to the very sources of tattooing and looks at the revival of this phenomenon, which is now permanent and global. Through an anthropological, geographical and artistic approach, it explores the different uses and functions of tattooing across cultures and times.

At once an ancestral practice, "marking identity", an object of fascination and a contemporary artistic creation, the tattoo takes on a diverse social and anthropological role that has been the subject of varied representations.

This exhibition brings together over 120 historical and contemporary works from many parts of the world. It presents in particular 20 silicon prototypes created by masters of the art, as well as about twenty tattoo projects painted on kakemonos. In addition to the history of tattoos and its strong anthropological roots, the exhibition highlights the artist’s actions, exchanges between tattoo artists from around the world, and the emergence of syncretic styles.

  • Exhibition curators : Anne & Julien, Founders and Editors-in-Chief of the magazine  HEY! modern art & pop culture Publishing
  • Number of works : 120
  • Surface area required : 500 - 600 m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available in English and French (304 pages, Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac/Actes sud, 2014)

This exhibition has been presented at:

The exhibition in pictures

  • Chicago, 2017
  • Chicago, 2017
  • "Tattoo" à Los Angeles (c) Courtesy Natural History Museum of Los Angeles photographer Mario DeLopez
  • "Tattoo" à Los Angeles (c) Courtesy Natural History Museum of Los Angeles photographer Mario DeLopez
  • "Tattoo" à Los Angeles (c) Courtesy Natural History Museum of Los Angeles photographer Mario DeLopez
  • "Tattoo" au Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada © Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum
  • "Tattoo" au Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada © Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Vue de l'exposition © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Nicolas Krief
  • Vue de l'exposition
  • Vue de l'exposition
  • Vue de l'exposition
  • Vue de l'exposition © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Gautier Deblo
  • Tête
  • Sifflet (fragment)
  • Torse de femme en silicone tatoué par Tin-Tin © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Thomas Duval
  • Portraits de femmes algériennes © Marc Garanger
  • Portrait of Maras © Isabel Munoz

Chicago, 2017

© Michelle Kuo Field Museum