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  • Mark Dion, Les Nécrophores—L'Enterrement (Hommage à Jean-Henri Fabre), 1997, synthetic mole, rope, cast resin insects, 98 7/16 x 49 3/16 x 55 1/8".

    Mark Dion

    Dunkers Kulturhus
    Kungsgatan 11
    May 25–August 26

    Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain
    Place de la Maison Carrée
    February 7–April 22

    Seedamm Kulturzentrum

    September 15–November 11

    Curated by Françoise Cohen

    Working at the intersection of natural science, history, and museology for more than twenty years, Mark Dion has applied systems of taxonomy to everything from marine animals in Manhattan’s Chinatown to objects found buried on the site of the extension to the New York Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition—curated by Françoise Cohen—organizes 120 of Dion’s works from the past fifteen years—including installations, drawings, and videos—into the five categories instituted by natural-history museums in the nineteenth century: earth science, entomology, archaeology, ornithology, and mammology. A sixth section looks at classifying the museum itself. It sounds as if Dion is deploying his own oeuvre to foreground the critique of museological frameworks that is perhaps the most striking aspect of his artistic practice.