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Sex Appeal, the scandalous life of nature

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The intimate life of plants and animals exposed without taboo!

Exhibition Overview

Sex Appeal, the scandalous life of nature

Exhibition Type
Art, Nature
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
Availability
2024
2025
2026
2027
2028
Hiring Fee

For a 3-month rental excl. transport, installation, insurance:


This hiring fee is set for the following exhibition format:
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Core Experience
Hands-on activities
Panels and graphics
Original collection
Reproductions
Exhibition Partners
Thierry LODÉ,
Biologiste en écologie évolutive à l’université Renne I, laboratoire EthoS.

Emmanuelle POUYDEBAT,
Directrice de recherche au CNRS et MNHN.

Nathalie ESCARAVAGE,
Biologiste enseignante-chercheure UPSIII-EDB.

Monique BURRUS,
Biologiste enseignante-chercheure UPSIII-EDB.

Thierry HOQUET,
Philosophe et maître de conférence en histoire et philosophie des sciences à Paris Nanterre.

Pierre-Henri GOUYON,
Professeur émérite au MNHN.

Henri CAP,
Docteur en biologie, assistant de conservation au Muséum de Toulouse.

Philipp HEEB,
Directeur de recherches au CNRS, écologiste comportemental, Laboratoire Evolution & Diversité Biologie (EDB).

Photos

Credits / Image Information

Museum d'histoire naturelle de Toulouse

Videos

Description

Sexuality is a story as old as life itself. Whether in plants or animals, its existence arouses many passions. In fact, sexuality shapes biodiversity and contributes to its incredible evolution. Plants, represented mainly by flowers, are unrivalled seductresses when it comes to ensuring their fertilisation. Animals, adorned in eccentric colours, sing, dance, fight and cunningly achieve their goals. But beyond appearances, this diversity also manifests itself in various sexual practices. There’s no doubt about it: nature’s sex life is boundlessly diverse…


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Sexuality, whether animal or plant, is the common thread of the exhibition’s journey, showcasing the creative and audacious ingenuity of nature.


By delving into the very origins of scientific and naturalist observation, Sex Appeal, the Scandalous Life of Nature traces the development of scientific knowledge about sexuality and, through it, the transformations in our perception of the world. It demonstrates that evolution is not only the result of adaptation to the environment but also the culmination of courtship displays in a battle for seduction. A field in which our species, Homo sapiens, has invented nothing!



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Exhibition themes


Sexuality: An evolutionary history

Plants: A discreet sexuality

Animals: A bestial sexuality


Goals


Understand that sexuality is a driving force of biodiversity

Uncover the secrets of plant sexuality, still little known

Discover the various forms of sexuality present in nature 


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An exhibition for everyone, with a humorous comic strip path specially created for teenagers!


Photos featured are from the temporary exhibition designed by the Natural History Museum of Toulouse. A touring version is currently in production.

VR and App Content

Collections

Paintings Drawings & Prints
Sculptures
Decorative objects
Specimens
Film & Sound
Digital art

General Information

Available Package Options
Turnkey
Languages
English
French
Additional Information
Available to hire late 2026

Extra Info

Highlights
Curatorial excellence
Interactivity
Highlights Details
A comic strip storytelling by Mr Box
Educational multimedia
Interactive and sensorial devices
Exhibition Add-Ons
Education kit
Easy translation
Catalogue / book
Documentary film
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