03 November 2010
German photographer Karen Knorr combined ornate French interiors and taxidermy animals to create a photos that are part fairytale and part nightmare. Shown last spring at Paris’s Musée Carnavalet Fables—Photographies features 15 large-scale photos that involve various taxidermy creatures (foxes, squirrels, beavers, flamingos) inhabiting the elegant salons of renowned French chateaux Chambord and Chantilly. Famed Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle loaned many of the animals featured in the works, and Knorr’s quirky compositions bring them to life in unexpected settings. A squirrel and a fox contemplate a marble staircase, two stags lock horns in a grand foyer, a rabbit scampers beneath Louis XV chairs.