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.
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
In Bruegel Revisited, renowned Flemish artists use photography, graphics, installations, video and film to find an answer to the question of what Breugel can mean for the 21st century. The location for this exhibition is the Castle of Bouchout, situated in the National Botanic Garden in Meise.
Herman Asselberghs, Anne Daems, Building Transmissions & Douglas Park, Vincent Meessen, Hans Op De Beeck, Arno Roncada, Katrien Vermeire, Angelo Vermeulen, Dirk Zoete.
Curator: Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Gelder, Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Visual Studies