Saharan Algeria

From mirage to paradise

Temporary an traveling exhibition


Client:    The Commission for the French “Year of Algeria

              Conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme

Temporary exhibition

30 April - 12 October 2003  

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris

800 m2 - 72 000 visitors

Design: Art Concept, Strasbourg

Our contribution: Scenography and production, together with Hubert Bari, MNHN

The Sahara in all its states

The Sahara exhibition is a call to visitors to explore a desert where the impression of desolation is merely a mirage. Water is everywhere present in this sea of sand and stone. Wherever it springs forth, so does a small paradise. Timimoun, Djanet and Iherir are three such examples.

But life in the desert is not limited to a handful of privileged oases. In the middle of extreme landscapes, the visitor will discover the strategies that humans and animals alike have developed to survive. Sheltered by the rock on which they were drawn or carved, figures attest to human presence in the Sahara as far back as 10,000 years ago. In addition to the natural and cultural reality of the living desert, is a geological reality of timely concern: the presence of fossil fuels.

From major showing to travelling exhibition

After the initial exhibition in Paris, Saharas d’Algérie was shown in 2004 at the Maison de l’innovation in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The departmental council of Puy-de-Dôme, now in possession of the exhibition, would like to show it in other parts of France.

The exhibition was designed for flexible installation and handling. The display units are simple to install and dismount. Once set up, the exhibition should not require more than 250 m2 (compared with the original version at 900m2). Even window displays were designed for easy transport and set up.

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PARIS 2003

Traveling exhibition


250 m2

Design: Gilles Pennaneac’h

Our contribution: Scenography and production of a travelling exhibition, together with Estelle Maugras and Gilles Pennaneac’h