Taxidermy - Selfish, Scientific or Stylish?

Does taxidermy always expose a longing to capture animals and tell stories about their significance within human lives?

The Museum of Vancouver attempts to answer this question with their latest exhibit, Ravishing Beasts (Oct. 22 - Feb. 28). Viewers are confronted with the 'visual power of taxidermy' and invited to examine taxidermy's cultural aesthetic, scientific history and artistic revival.

Here's a sneak peak from the opening party.

images © stacy reynaud

*No animals were harmed for this exhibition. Most of the taxidermy that will be on exhibit is from the museum's own collection and was acquired between 1894 and 1950 from Vancouver residents.