The Strange Love Affair between Artists and Trees

The Strange Love Affair between Artists and Trees
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Do you think that everything to be said about trees has already been said? Thirty-seven artists are ready to show you differently in an exhibition that marks the reopening of the Hayward Gallery. From the rainforests of Colombia to the most remote islands of Japan, from the forests of Sweden to the olive groves of Israel, Among the Trees is an invitation to look at nature with new eyes. While the destruction of forests proceeds at a record pace, sculptures, video-installations, paintings, drawings and photos transport us among the secrets of the arboreal world. There are works capable of hypnotising, such as the labyrinth of branches by Thoba Khedoori or the birch forest throughout the seasons in the video by Jennifer Steinkamp, as well as others that surprise us in showing how the plant world intertwines with the world of humans. The 12-meter Tree by Giuseppe Penone defies the roof of the gallery, while a monumental olive tree from the year 2000 sculpted by Ugo Rondinone and the subterranean forests photographed by Rachel Sussmann force us to reconsider what we think we know. And while Eva Jospin transforms the Southbank Centre in an enchanted forest made entirely of cardboard, Mariele Neudeker manages to “change the colours of the world” with an underwater forest permeated by mysterious light.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London