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Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art in the Botanical Garden
In the summer of 2014, the magnificent 18th century Orangery in the botanical garden will house fantastic flower art. Seven invited Japanese artists will create their installations on site in June. The exhibition is unique by showing traditional Ikebana from the prestigious schools Ikenobo and Ohara alongside Japanese contemporary art inspired by the great diversity of the plant world. Plants from the Swedish forest and Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala are combined with cut flowers, shrubs, rocks, roots and branches. A magic synthesis of Japanese aesthetics and Swedish conditions!
The Orangery was built in honor of Carl Linnaeus on the initiative of Carl Peter Thunberg after his return from his pioneering expedition to Japan. It has since been a working Orangery and contains numerous large plants during the winter.
The artists of the exhibition are Naoaki Donuma, Junichi Kakizaki, Katsuhito Kurata, Hiroki Ohara, Shizuko Ono, Ohya Rica and Hanayuishi Takaya.
Exhibition curators are Kajsa Haglund and Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén .
The exhibition is open June 14 to September 14 , but the entire program of the Botanical Garden for 2014 is filled with inspiration from Japan.
Press release 2014-04-04 (in swedish)
Pictures from the opening ceremony:
Almost 500 persons came to see the exhibition on the opening day.
The Japanese ambassador in Sweden opened the exhibition.
Artist Hanayuishi Takaya created four works on stage, during the opening ceremony.
Samples from the artists previous work:
Hiroki Ohara (Ohara School of Ikebana), Mosaiced Structure Object Construction.
Junichi Kakizaki. Noname (2010)
Naoaki Donuma, The Saito Family Summer Villa.
Katsuhito Kurata (Ikenobo Socienty of Floral Art), Rikka style Ikebana.
Shizuko Ono. Detail from the art work Secret Garden.
Takaya Hanayuishi. Flower arrangement as hair dress.
Meet Japanese culture and a world of amazing plants in the Botanical Garden in Uppsala.