The exhibition, curated by Vicent Todolí, is an extended version of the original exhibition of Fundació Per Amor a l’Art – Bombas Gens Centre d’Art that will open its doors next Saturday 22nd January at 12pm at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid thanks to a collaboration with La Fábrica. It will close on 20 March 2022.
The representation of plants or natural forms has been a constant feature of the history of art, and many artists have paid close attention to them from different points of view, whether from an interest in botany, objective photography or archive practices. This exhibition, understood as a garden, interrelates a whole series of fictions on the plant world based on a selection of works from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, which shape the reality of flowers and plants beyond their natural condition to become a scientific, ornamental, critical or aesthetic narrative.
The exhibition will create an “interior garden” in the gallery rooms, entering into dialogue with the Botanical Garden. The exhibition features photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki, Thomas Ruff, Richard Hamilton, Karl Blossfeldt, Imogen Cunningham, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Eikoh Hosoe, Juan del Junco, Jochen Lempert, Jonas Mekas, Mathieu Mercier, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alessandra Spranzi and Pierre Verger. In addition, this new version of the exhibition will include a series of photographs that were not in the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art show.
Image: Karl Blossfeldt. Photogravure from the portfolio Unformen der Kunst [Original Forms of Art], 1928. Per Amor a l’Art Collection.