This extensive exhibition opens with 18th-century works. Among these are collages on painted backgrounds resembling encased theatre-set maquettes, three-dimensional tableaux of saints in painted scenery by artists hired by the Catholic Church, and natural history exhibits of stuffed animals. They all predated Louis Daguerre's invention of the diorama as a semi-transparent canvas behind which natural or artificial lights created atmospheric effects.
Trouvé's 2007 piece explores the voyeuristic aspect of the diorama, bringing together mirrors, suitcases, fans, brooms and other elements in an elaborate mise-en-scène. Viewed differently from multiple perspectives, it teases the viewer about what's visible versus what isn't, tugging you in yet leaving you perplexed.