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The Pet Show

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Hand against paw, skin against fur. Man and pet, an inseparable bond. A mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship that is considered crucial for the health and well-being of both parties.

About the exhibition

For artists, the often furry friends have not always been faithful companions. Throughout the history of art, pets are portrayed, often carrying different kinds of symbols. Status, power, loyalty or perhaps love and compassion. In contemporary photography, the image and use of pets is varied. From documentary photographs to arranged portraits, to thousands upon thousands of photographs and videos of the funniest, cutest and craziest pets on various social media platforms.

The Pet Show is a tribute to the pet and their presence in art and popular culture. With 25 artists, we put the pet on a pedestal and regard it from all possible perspectives: as companions, status symbols in the human world, friends and beloved family members or as works of art.


Akseli Valmunen
Areca Roe
Carli Davidson
Dolly Faibyshev
Elliott Erwitt
Gerrard Gethings
Hellen van Meene
John Hiltunen
Kári Björn
Leila Jeffreys
Lisa Strömbeck
Martin Parr
Martin Usborne
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Ralph Hargarten
Robert Bahou
Robin Schwartz
Sage Sohier
Sandy Skoglund
Sophie Gamand
Tim Flach
VICE/ Krõõt Juurak/ Alex Bailey
Visarute Angkatavanich
Walter Chandoha
William Wegman
Winnie Au