The Botanical Mind. When Art Meets Nature

The Botanical Mind. When Art Meets Nature
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Not just food, oxygen and beauty - since always and in every culture on the planet, the plant world has always had profound meaning for humans. We can find out more about this at the Camden Art Centre in a monumental exhibition with 50 artists who have taken on this theme over the last 500 years. Awaiting us is a journey through the time and space of being - from the life of plants and the rapport that humans have created with them over the centuries and in various geographical regions, from the role of nature in ancient traditions to its place in the counterculture, in music and in Western art. Contemporary works, modernist paintings, tantric representations, Tibetan mandalas, fractals and old botanical drawings, all showing the central place of plants for life, prompting us to protect this universal heritage, now in grave danger. The Cosmic Tree is an archetypal metaphor which can be found in many of the works on display. We can recognise it in the Giant Ash from Norse mythology, in the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden and in Islam’s Tree of Immortality, all cases in which human life connects to transcendence through the image of a plant. Works commissioned for the event look at the theme in more up-to-date language. A stand-out among these is the site-specific project involving music and drawing with the Yawanawá of Amazon, bringing the breath of the forest right to London.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London