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The ORIGINS project pays tribute to Earth’s power, energy and extremely rich biodiversity, revealing the awesome beauty of wild nature.

The exhibition

The ORIGINS exhibition is a 4.5 billion-year journey that spans the birth of Earth and its formation to the emergence and explosion of life in all its forms. Erupting volcanoes spill torrents of lava, auroras dance in the polar night, icebergs melt on black strands, while erosion whittles away at mountains and rock. Vegetation conquers the mineral world, while ever more evolved insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals spread to all our planet’s natural environments. At times unbridled, at others tranquil, always stirring and eloquent, Nature is a boundless source of inspiration. ORIGINS celebrates biodiversity, its fragility, and consequently, that of humankind. This journey through time, space and diversity is meant to strengthen our bond with Nature and inspire respect for Earth, the home of all our origins.


An adaptable exhibition
that may be reconfigured to best suit its host venue:

  • A minimum of 40 and maximum of 80 photographs
  • For a period of one to several months
  • Tailored designs for indoor and open-air spaces.

Signed and numbered art prints
All the photos in the exhibition are available as fine-art prints.

Requests, information and quotes:
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First displayed in 2018 along the Jardin de Luxembourg railings in Paris, ORIGINES continues its journey.

Origines, the exhibition
From January 29-2020 to 29 January 29-2021

Espace pour la vie Montréal

Thanks to an original scenography, the large-format images immerse viewers in the contemplation of the beauty of our planet and the discovery of our origins.

Origines, the exhibition
July 10, 2019 to July 12, 2020


Daily and free.

« Culture by the way » is the concept of the outdoor exhibitions displayed each year in the Roissy City Park, by the Grand Roissy Tourism Office.

Origines, the exhibition
June 2 to July 27, 2019


Featured at the 2019 Dax (Landes) Photography Festival
Origines, the exhibition
march 17 to July 15, 2018

Jardin du Luxembourg

For it first Edition ORIGINES displays 80 large format panels along the Grilles du Jardin du Luxembourg, in the heart of Paris, France, during 4 months


The book features 150 photographs by Olivier Grunewald that bear witness to nature’s past and take the reader on a 4.5 billion year journey in search of the origins of life. Bernadette Gilbertas recounts the birth of the universe, how planet Earth formed, the emergence of life and the evolution of the animal world, with contributions from fascinating scientists: microbiologist Purificación López-García, geologist Patrick De Wever, and biologists Pierre Henry Gouyon and Gilles Boeuf.


Association Created by scientists, Olivier Grunewald and Bernadette Gilbertas, the association Aux Origines du Monde works toward protecting, promoting and building our understanding of areas that are particularly sensitive or of major value as natural heritage. Through research, scientific exploration, artistic creation, exhibitions, documentaries, its members aim to raise awareness in France and abroad about research on and the major importance of these sites and ecosystems, and mobilise public authorities to protect them. The association carried out its first multidisciplinary and international scientific expedition at the hydrothermal site of Dallol, in northern Ethiopia, under the direction of Purificación López-García, researcher director, CNRS, and fellow, Université de Paris-Sud.