The attraction of the tree is universal and timeless; trees represent mystery, protection and worship. From the trees of good and evil in medieval manuscripts to the 19th century symbolist vision, trees have always intrigued and fascinated mankind. Contemporary artists, too, continue to be very fond of this element of nature, trying to capture its essence. The theme is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artistic disciplines as diverse as painting, sculpture, video and photography.
The exhibition catalogue Arbre(s)/Tree(s) was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the Félicien Rops Museum and the Maison de la Culture in Namur. The focus is on the tree in art, from ancient times to the present day.
Pablo Atchugarry’s father, also an artist, instilled in him the love for the trade. Not without result: Pablo held his first solo exhibition in Montevideo (Uruguay) when he was only 18. He developed not only as a painter, but also as a celebrated artist with materials such as cement, wood and metal.
The exhibition catalogue Frontières Invisibles presents the work of more than seventy European artists of about twenty different nationalities. Under the title “Les Frontières Invisibles”, lille3000 is organising several exhibitions at the Tri Postal in Lille, about an ever-changing, elastic, “XXL” Europe, whose borders are shifting more and more to the East.
Despite some field research, our knowledge of the sacred among the Mumuye is very limited. In all these non-hierarchical groups, which are dichotomous and antinomian in composition, the va-complex predominates, which has a rich semantic meaning, with certain emphases prevailing depending on the circumstances. Religious power resides in sacred objects watched over by the elders.
Japanese floral artist Hiroto Inoue, whose delightful charm and witty nature earned him the nicknamed ‘Funny’ in the floral design universe, excels in creating intricate geometric designs and compositions that often seem to defy gravity. His floral creations pair an incredible sensitivity with impeccable technique and testify of his boundless love of nature as well as his inner gentleness. Hiroto Inoue constructs solid and firm backdrops for his flowers with the thinnest and humblest of materials: slender blades of grasses, orchid roots, slivers of bamboo, strips of wood veneer and especially paper. These fascinating, carefully constructed backgrounds are adorned with few or just one single flower. It results in innovative designs that perfectly balance manmade and natural materials, structure and spontaneity.
33 x 24,5 cm
96 p, hard cover
Bilingual edition: Japanese / English
The ethnographic literature of the 20th century focused mainly on the sculptural traditions of the numerous ethnic groups that populated Southern Nigeria while the more northern areas remained largely terra incognita. In 2013 Jan Strybol published a study on the sculpture of Northern Nigeria. He pointed out that in many parts of this region there are peoples who still had, at least until recently, their own sculptural tradition.