Until the 22nd of August 2021
Tony Oursler: until the 12th of September 2021


For the first time ever, the Hypnose exhibition explores a cultural history of hypnotism from Mesmer to the present day, together with the close links that artistic practices have had with the history of hypnotism from the late 18th century to the present day.


Located at the junction of art history, science history and popular culture, the exhibition covers the whole field of visual and living arts: from painting to sculpture, cinema and performance. It is divided into two parts and two spaces: in the Cube, a historical and artistic journey retraces the evolution of hypnotism and the links between hypnosis and art, from the end of the 18th century to the present day. The Chapelle de l'Oratoire hosts an immersive installation by the American artist Tony Oursler, designed specifically for the exhibition, as an experiential echo to the Cube's journey.

Chief curator:
Sophie Lévy, Director and Curator of the Musée d’arts de Nantes.

Scientific curators:
Pascal Rousseau, professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, assisted by Louise Denis, art historian, and Jean-Rémi Touzet, curator in charge of the 19th century collections at the Musée d'arts de Nantes.


The museum would like to thank the State - Ministry of Culture - DRAC des Pays de la Loire for the subsidy from which the exhibition benefits.

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The exhibition is presented with the help of our media partners.


- Joel Stein, Mouvements circulaires, 1965/2000, métal et moteur électrique, 175x123x6 cm, Galerie Xippas, Paris, photo : © Galerie Xippas / Fréderic Lanternier
- Georges Moreau de Tours, Les Fascinés de la Charité, 1890, huile sur toile, 125,8 x 158,7 cm, © Reims, Musée des Beaux-Arts 2020 - photo Christian Devleeschauwer
- Tony Oursler, Hypnosis Eye, 2015, Aluminum and acrylic and LCD screen, diamètre 119,4 cm, diamètre 47 pouces, photo : © Tony Oursler Studio
- Gustave Courbet, La Voyante ou La Somnambule, vers 1855, huile sur toile, 47 x 39 cm, Besançon, Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie © Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie de Besançon - Photo C. Choffet

Tony Oursler's immersive installation – Chapelle
- Performers: Emily Allan, Jean Brassard, Dominique Bousquet, Sarah de Burgh, Jason Scott Henderson, Leah Hennessey, David Johansen, Joy Mattar, Ruby McCollister, E.J. O'Hara, Brandon Olson, Jack Oursler, Emilie Rochefort, Samantina Zenon
- Editing: Jack Colton
- Props: Corey Riddell

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