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Towards a new museum nature

Kühn Malvezzi transforms the Montreal insectarium

"I wanted to challenge the notion of biophilia in terms of being anthropocentric. The museum, with the insectarium as part of that museum culture, is where humans look at things and no one looks at us. There is no reciprocity, but an asymmetric relation. Wherever we intervene as architects, we are very aware that defining spaces means dealing with power. It is our task to advocate for the ones under-represented or those not in charge. This led us to the question of the insect as part of the spatial experience and to make sure that they have an environment and a habitat also within the insectarium that does not violate them in any possible way and does not treat them as objects."

Wilfried Kuehn

Photo : James Brittain