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.
Commemorate your pet
Would you like to commemorate your own deceased pet or other favourite animal in the exhibition?
We host an online and offline memorial especially for your beloved animal. Submit your story and picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or use #delaatsteaai. We will make a special dedication online and give your animal a place in the 'animal heaven' part of the exhibition.
The exhibit The Last Pet - a tribute to dead animals is financed by the Mondriaan Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.