Razzle Dazzle, art counterattack!

20 October 2017 - 31 December 2018

A subject as little known as surprising: camouflage Razzle Dazzle

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As part of the 14-18 Centenary, the National Museum of the Navy in Brest presents its new exhibition with the enigmatic title: "Razzle Dazzle, art counterattack! ".

Around the commemorations of the landing of the Americans in Brest in 1917, this exhibition presents a subject as little known as surprising: the Razzle Dazzle camouflage (dazzling, blinding, gliding) ships during the First World War.

In November 1917, the first convoys disembarked the American troops in Brest. They will soon 1 million to transit through the city of Ponant. Mauritania, Olympic, Leviathan ... the requisitioned ships cross the Atlantic made up with strange frescoes that give them an air of zebra or harlequin. With terrestrial camouflage, Razzle Dazzle is perhaps the most unusual innovation of the Great War: submarine, airplane, tank ... Based on the principle of optical illusions, it aims to deceive the sub enemy marines by creating false perspective effects in order to make it difficult to calculate the course and the speed. This painting with abstract and geometrical motifs is inspired by Cubism; it is created by artists mobilized.

To present this subject, the National Museum of the Navy, compares one hundred original works with the contemporary creations of the collective XYZ. In residence at the castle, and 100 years after the artists who initiated it, the plastic artists Guillaume Duval and Jean-Baptiste Moal transport us in the graphic and colorful world of Razzle Dazzle.

The XYZ collective

XYZ is a collective of visual artists founded in 2013 by Jean-Baptiste Moal (X) and Guillaume Duval (Y), who are the pilots. They collaborate regularly with other people or organizations who act as tellers, agitators of the initial structure and complement creative possibilities. The third angle of this variable geometry is Z.
Their work consists of a contemporary plastic approach to historical, patrimonial and societal elements. They act like a kaleidoscope in multiple fields of research: typography, illustration, comics, painting, installation, exhibition, design, editing and graphics. They have been exploring the subject of dazzle painting for several years

More from 300 high school students mobilized

As part of the exhibition, the museum works with students from two technical high schools in the Brest region.

A large-scale partnership has been set up with the Lycée Dupuy de Lôme (Brest) where 300 students from various fields (technical, general, ULIS) are associated with the project. The aim is to enable them to understand the variety of occupations and actions associated with the design of an exhibition. They participate in the preparation of the scenography, the animation of workshops for children and the promotion of the exhibition in the urban space by creating frescos and sculptures inspired by the museum's collections. These actions will also enable them to discover the themes and issues of this period of history.

A class at the Lycée de l'Elorn in Landerneau has realized a part of the stage furniture: showcases, interactive devices ...


Jean-Yves Besselièvre, administrator of the Musée national de la Marine in Brest
Lenaïg L'Aot-Lombart, mediation assistant.

Commissariat artistique:
Guillaume DUVAL and Jean-Baptiste MOAL, plastic artists of the collective XYZ

Associate Commissioner:
Cécile DUPRÉ, heritage curator at the Musée national de la Marine


Useful information


Full price: 6 * euros
Reduced price: 4,50 * euros
Free: - from 26 years of the UEE
* audioguide included, supplement of 2 € for the visitors benefiting from the free entry.
Entrance fees include access to the permanent collections and the temporary exhibition

Hours :

April-September: daily from 10h to 18h30 except the 01 / 05
October-March: daily from 13h30 to 18h30 except Tuesdays (except school holidays), 25 / 12 and 01 / 01
Annual closure in January according to school holidays


On the way.
Eugène-Louis Gillot (1867-1925)
© National Museum of the Navy / S.Dondain

Information and reservations:

Such. 02 98 22 12 39 (the museum's opening hours)


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