The rhinoceros has been called a surrealist animal due to its associations with the work of Eugène Ionesco, Salvador Dalí, and François-Xavier Lalanne. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris explores the ways these artists used the captivating mammal in their work. She focuses particularly on François-Xavier Lalanne, who repeatedly employed the animal as a subject, including mounting an exhibition in 1980 called “Le Rhinocéros dans tous ses états”.
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Image: François-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927–2008), Petit Rhinocéros Mécanique III (Small Mechanical Rhinoceros III), 1983. Copper, 9 13/16 x 21 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. Private collection © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris