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About Trees
About Trees

About Trees

Kat. Zentrum Paul Klee Bern

Edited by Peter Fischer, Edited by Brigitt Bürgi


184 Pages, 7.68 x 10.43

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9783864421464

Rights: US & CA

Snoeck Publishing Company (Oct 2015)

Price: $39.95


Thinking About TreesPeter Fischer and his team have gathered about 100 works for the exhibition and the volume ABOUT TREES. Be it the huge rags stumps by Berlinde De Bruyckere, shimmering waxen and wrapped in giant rags, or the oil painting of a sparse forest with fragments of a Corbusier building in the background by Peter Doig; the mighty, upside-down black-and-white photograph of an oak tree by Rodney Graham or the picture of a detonated fruit tree by Michael Sailstorfer: these works of art always depict the tree as a diversely interpretable motif. In particular, it is about how the subject tree in a symbolic way »may raise fundamental questions of existence«. Art, in contrast to natural sciences and religion, has an advantage as it only has to raise questions, not give answers. Thus, it can reveal the tree as »a symbol, mirror and object of projection«, demonstrate how it represents life and/or death. Trees, however, are also suitable as a theme for »clashes and inspirations«, since it is lends itself to trace the story of human relationship with nature in an exemplary way, while, at the same time, pointing out that the dichotomy between nature and culture need not necessarily lead to destruction. According to Robert Macfarlane in his contribution »Buchenhain«, from a branch or the crown of a tree, man views the world not only in a liberated way, but he can even feel safe in it, as a kind of hybrid of »tree and man«. Accordingly, as the editor of the volume Peter Fischer points out, the tree is also ideally suited as a »symbol of imaginary worlds and embodiment of actual worlds«, for instance when it begins to speak like in fairy tales, formulating its own laws; and "long-lasting and durable, trees also have the ability to grant a specific identity to their location and environment. As a striking object, the tree contributes to the individual image of a place. It bears witness to the history of its location. The law is administered and implemented under a tree, there are celebrations and feasts.«Artists: Carlos Amorales, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Merijn Bolink, Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Mark Dion, Peter Doig, Valérie Favre, Anya Gallaccio, Rodney Graham, Katie Holten, John Isaacs, Naoko Ito, Wiliam Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Klee, Rosemary Laing, Ċ½ilvinas Landzbergas, Ndary Lo, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Paul Morrison, Shirin Neshat, Jill Orr, Renzo Piano, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Julian Rosefeldt, Michael Sailstorfer, George Steinmann, Wolfgang Tillmans, Su-Mei Tse, Shinji Turner-YamamotoExhibition: Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, 17/10/2015–24/1/2016

Author Biography

Editor and Curator Peter Fischer is former director of Swiss Kunstmuseum Luzern and ZPK Centre Paul Klee in Bern, he is now free-lance curator. He installed and curated the recent show Surrealismus Schweiz which is now on exhibit at MASI Lugano. Peter Fischer edited numerous catalogs and books on art history and artists, amongst others to Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Antnoy Gormley, Ferdinand Hodler, Matthew Day Jackson, Ana Mendieta, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.