The Last Pet looks at the ways in which contemporary artists contemplate and investigate aspects of animal mortality. Perspectives range from the very personal loss of a companion animal to the ‘unmourned’ animal deaths we are constantly surrounded by. The exhibit challenges our hierarchical human/animal distinctions and pulls into focus diverse emotional ties. The selected artworks are informative, poetic and provocative. They remind us of the beauty and the ill fate of animals in a world of transforming ideas.
Participating artists: Josine Beugels / Martin uit den Bogaard / Pascalle van Dijk & Aron van Blooijs / Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest / Simone Henken / Emma Kisiel / Miriam Knibbeler / Christel Mitchell / Léon van Opstal / Satijn Panyigay / Tineke Schuurmans / Tinkebell / Basse Stittgen / Stephan Vanfleteren / Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch / herman de vries / Daphne Wageman / Adriana van Zoest
The exhibit The Last Pet- a tribute to dead animals provides insight to the current mourning culture surrouning deceased animals. A historic timeline provides context to the evolving human-animal relationship and an infographic shows the increasing amount of petcemeteries and crematoriums. For the past years, the variety of memorial souvenirs has extended exponentially. It can be comforting to have a keepsake of your beloved pet: a large collection of animal-urns, in memorium portraits and other furry keepsakes are on display. And how does an animal cremation actually work?
A large display case shows the joy and sorrows experienced in ARTIS, the famous Amsterdam zoo. When an iconic animal at ARTIS passes away, it gets a lot of media attention. Hundreds of visitors flock to the famous Amsterdam zoo to see their beloved animal one last time. To say goodbye. To express their grief, to support the animal’s caretakers.
The exhibition has an extensive side program: from literary events such as Dead P (o) ets Society at Museumnacht to lectures, a symposium, children's workshops, the theatre performance 'Crematorium for Small Animals', and an animal safari within the cemetery. Visitors can commemorate their own beloved petl in our Dierenhemel exhibition, in the museum and online.
January 23rd 2020: Themed Day for professionals 'future of animal cemeteries and crematoriums'
February 3rd 2020: Debate on the anthropomophisation of pets 'The evening of Cat and Dog' in debate center Arminius, Rotterdam.
February 14th 2020: Themed Day for professionals 'Animals in the Cemetery'
February 21st 2020: Themed Day for pet owners 'Farewell to a Beloved Pet'
Magazine De Laatste Aai
On the occasion of the exhibition, the publication De Laatste Aai - tribute to dead animals. This catalog light contains in-depth articles and columns on the theme, as well as an overview of all participating artists. Authors: Wim Cappers, Laura Cramwinckel, Theodor Holman, Anja Krabben, Guus Sluiter, Henk van Straten, Vrouwkje Tuinman, Elmer Veldkamp, Sylvia Witteman. Design: Kathrin Hero. It is for sale in the museum shop for € 5.
Photobook Ik Ruik Hem Nog Steeds
Commissioned by Museum tot Zover, artist Satijn Panyigay made a beautiful photo book about the void in the house after the loss of a pet. The book consists of text fragments and photos from her series I still smell it and is published in a limited, signed edition of 100 pieces. Read more.
The exhibit The Last Pet - a tribute to dead animals is financed by the Mondriaan Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Curator: Laura Cramwinckel, Museum Tot Zover
Design: Jeroen Bijl, Studio BijlBuschmann
Graphic Design: Emmy van Lamoen (infographics), Kathrin Hero (magazine)
Texts and Translation: Laura Cramwinckel, Guus Sluiter, Roos Bekkenkamp
Artwork, Marketing and Communication: Roos Bekkenkamp
Research and Education: Laura Cramwinckel
Project Assistant: Barbara Tol
Business Final Accountability: Guus Sluiter