Follow the signs, open the door to the hut and let your eyes, your imagination and your child's soul speak.
As part of the temporary exhibition Portrait de territoire - Le pays du Beuvray, Claire Fau, Maxime Lancien and Jérémie Gindre have been invited to an artistic residency at Bibracte.
Claire and Maxime are the creators of the magazine PAYSAGEUR (sold in the museum shop), a magazine that thinks with its feet and is aimed at all those who are moved by, question and care about the landscape, in all its forms.Jérémie Gindre
Jérémie Gindre is a visual artist and writer. He creates objects, stages installations, makes images, writes texts and sometimes even gives lectures.
The meeting of this trio on the occasion of the publication of the third issue of PAYSAGEUR continued at Bibracte and gave rise to the "Musée Moussu" located on the site not far from the large PC1 house (Parc aux Chevaux).
To those who walk there, Mont Beuvray in Burgundy offers a multitude of stories, visible or hidden, sometimes hidden by the ferns and the queules, covered with mosses. This is also where the Moussu Museum is located, born from the peaceful and friendly approach of walking. Like binoculars or a magnifying glass, it allows walkers to see better.
The exhibition MUSÉE MOUSSU, CABANE DE FOUILLES focuses on the toponymy of Mont Beuvray, its paths, its weather, the presence of animals, its rocks, the piles and tracks that dot it, its forest and its aura of a sacred mountain. Together, all these elements draw the contours of the landscape and turn the hut into a dark room that reveals its particularities.
The desire to move beyond the walls of the Bibracte institutional museum led us to invest in an old excavation hut, a replica of Jacques-Gabriel Bulliot's. Like this archaeologist, who was a pioneer in the discovery of the city-oppidum of Bibracte, we chose to settle in the heart of our subject: the landscape.
We were also inspired by certain vernacular museums in North America, created by citizens in disused places, with the means at hand. In the United States, for example, in a barn lost in the countryside of Vermont, the Museum of Everyday Life gathers a collection of found objects that celebrate "what is ordinary, but beautiful". In the same way, we wanted to illuminate what constitutes the sensitive geography of Beuvray.
The cabin stimulates the imagination and evokes the figure of the philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who lived in his cabin for two years and two months and recounted his experience in a diary, translated into French under the title Walden, or Life in the Woods. Against the world of business and the exploitation of nature, Thoreau defended a right to civil disobedience in a democracy. More than 150 years after his death, his thought remains as relevant as ever, and the Moussu Museum claims this heritage.
The Moussu Museum offers the same space for freedom as walking in a society that often forces bodies to remain still. The hut stands in an animated landscape, subject to the sun, the rain, the wind and the passage of time. It invites us to reconnect with the forest, to contemplate the clearing and what remains of the old city. It is a place of rest and transition for walkers, a call to look, to think and to act.
Claire Fau, Maxime Lancien and Jérémie Gindre