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Seuls Le Temps et La Glace Sont Maîtres (Only Time and Ice are Masters)

Seuls Le Temps et La Glace Sont Maîtres (Only Time and Ice are Masters) is an exhibition of about 10 large scale colour prints by Bruno and Dorota Sénéchal demonstrating the effect of climate change on our global ice environment on show at the Musée-Château d’Annecy, France.

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My response to the exhibition is twofold:

  • Location and Setting:
    The large scale prints in two rooms of an old château certainly make an impressive setting and you have the room to stand back and review the magnificence of the patterns in the ice from a distance.  There is fascinating detail in the ice.  They have captured designs that we would not normally see from stray ice face fractions of icebergs and glaciers, and translucent frozen water fragments make us lose all concept of size and dimension. I like the way that tiny detail has been exploded out into a very large almost mono-chromatically format.  Not the ‘usual’ glacier or ice pictures you tend to see when touching this topic.

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  • Purpose:
    The purpose of the exhibition is to make us to make us aware of the beauty and fragility of nature and therefore though some global partnership to fight against climate change in order to preserve the balance of the Earth.  I think it is well done via the large format prints but does not tell us anything new.  We have been aware of the effects of global warming/climate change for a couple of decades now.  Yes it is a reinforcement message but I did not walk away with the feeling that there has been a stepped change in circumstances.  It was an expertly executed sobering reminder but in terms of message other than the quality of images nothing new.

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From 4th December 2015 to 29th February  2016, Musée-Château d’Annecy   Place du château 74000 Annecy, France

Visited 19th February 2016