I think there is a chance this might very well be the best thing I’ve seen… ever!
I had been dying to visit this exhibition since I first saw a poster last january in the streets of Lausanne. And I finally made it!!! Well worth the wait, and certainly the trip, french photographer and film maker Richard Unglik’s playmobil reenactment of famous artwork is absolutely impeccable and topped up by an outstanding choice of venue.
A few years back, in the early 2000s, Richard Unglik set out to tell the “history of the world” using playmobil figurines, a little help from photoshop and a lot of creativity. Since, he has published several books portraying this work.In this exhibition he ‘has taken History of Art’s great works and made Playmobil® scenarios out of them – the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Guernica, etc.’ by dressing them up in costumes from the famous paintings. Unglik has worked with his “world travel friend”, belgium artist Bruno Peeters, aka Brubil, to create the sets. Brubil has also made three giant models using real playmobil toys for the exhibition, one of a fortified castle and two Swiss panoramas.
The twenty large format images of this imaginary museum are on view in the Hall of Coats-of-Arms. A brilliant choice as the grandiose of this perfectly restored room gives a certain credibility to the tiny figurines, making it even more believable that the images portrayed in this imaginary museum could be real.
Beginning in April, you can also enjoy an unusual tour of the castle by a medieval guide for free! While you’re at it, check out the prison that inspired Byron’s famous poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.
The exhibition entitled “Le musée imaginaire de Playmobil” is showing at the Chateau de Chillon until the 25th of may 2014 and it’s definitely worth the trip!
All other images by Julia Christ