Wild Portrait: art-science exhibition

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Wild Portrait is a touring art-science exhibition co-produced by la Mandarina de Newton and Fundació MONA, with the support of Barcelona City Council

Brushes, paints and paper.

Objects at the beginning unknown for the chimpanzees of MONA Foundation, but which quickly became their own tools.

Wild Portrait paintings are the result – artistic (or not), creative (or not) – of different spontaneity moments of the chimpanzees, in one of the enrichment projects conducted at MONA Foundation.

What is aesthetics? And creativity? Is it something unique to humans? Or can these terms be also applied to other animals?

How do they perceive the reality around them? How could we know it? What do these paintings represent?

Wild Portrait intends to stimulate reflection on these and other questions, and invites you, through the paintings, to get to know a bit more about each of the chimpanzees at MONA Foundation, their life stories and character. This exhibition also aims to present the research that is taking place at the center: ‘Aesthetics in nonhuman primates’.

The opening session took place on December 19 of 2015 and we had the pleasure to have with us Dr. Miquel Llorente, principal investigator and head of the Research and Ethology Unit of MONA Foundation and president of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE), who presented the research project that inspired the creation of Wild Portrait. We also had with us Ivan Garcia, doctoral student in primatology, Durham University, and member of the board of directors of APE, who presented us each of the chimpanzees paintings.

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For the exhibition period of Wild Portrait at the Mandarina Space, we have organised a series of talks and discussion sessions to promote reflection and debate around these topics. The invited experts are different researchers at the MONA Foundation:

  • A trip to the primates’ world

Iván García, PhD student in primatology, Durham University, and member of the board of directors of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE). January 2016 – Thursday, January 28, at 7pm

  • Social learning in chimpanzees and the evolution of culture

Dr. David Riba, associate researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and MONA Foundation. February 2016

  • Sister minds: emotional apes and rational humans

Dr. Miquel Llorente, principal investigator and head of the Research and Ethology Unit of MONA Foundation and president of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE). March 2016

  • Aesthetics in primates (humans and nonhumans)

Daniela D’amore, Master student at Primatology and Ethology Research Unit of MONA Foundation and University of Molise. April 2016

(The final dates will be announced at www.lamandarinadenewton.com)

During this period Wild Portrait will be open to the public (free entrance).

Visitors have also the possibility to take home originals and copies of the chimpanzees paintings and souvenirs from MONA Foundation.

Here you can see some of the Wild Portrait paintings:

And here you can see some photos of the exhibition.

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  • […] Wild Portrait (remember that you can come and visit the exhibition anytime! Plus, you can take home originals and copies of the chimpanzees paintings and souvenirs from MONA Foundation) Brushes, paints and paper. Objects at the beginning unknown for the chimpanzees of MONA Foundation, but which quickly became their own tools. Wild Portrait paintings are the result – artistic (or not), creative (or not) – of different spontaneity moments of the chimpanzees, in one of the enrichment projects conducted at MONA Foundation. What is aesthetics? And creativity? Is it something unique to humans? Or can these terms be also applied to other animals? How do they perceive the reality around them? How could we know it? What do these paintings represent? Wild Portrait is a touring art-science exhibition co-produced by la Mandarina de Newton and MONA Foundation, with the support of Barcelona City Council. More info here. […]

  • […] Wild Portrait (remember that you can come and visit the exhibition anytime! Plus, you can take home originals and copies of the chimpanzees paintings and souvenirs from MONA Foundation) Brushes, paints and paper. Objects at the beginning unknown for the chimpanzees of MONA Foundation, but which quickly became their own tools. Wild Portrait paintings are the result – artistic (or not), creative (or not) – of different spontaneity moments of the chimpanzees, in one of the enrichment projects conducted at MONA Foundation. What is aesthetics? And creativity? Is it something unique to humans? Or can these terms be also applied to other animals? How do they perceive the reality around them? How could we know it? What do these paintings represent? Wild Portrait is a touring art-science exhibition co-produced by la Mandarina de Newton and MONA Foundation, with the support of Barcelona City Council. More info here. […]

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