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The Top 10 Most Beautiful Flower Exhibitions of 2016

By Steffi van den Elsen | May, 2016

New Spring, new flowers. For See All This magazine #2, Maria Barnas wrote an essay on flowers: ‘as far as I knew, flowers were always hopeless pacifists. They let themselves be picked, arranged – readily or not – without any form of protest, to wretchedly droop and die after only several days.’
See All This
selected the 10 most beautiful exhibitions about flowers and plants of this Summer. 

1. The Lyricism of the landscape – 100 years of expressionist landscape art in the netherlands

Museum de Fundatie – Castle het Nijenhuis
30 April until 18 September 2016

An exhibition that presents the various forms of expressionism of around 1900 and their influence on Dutch painting, with the landscape genre in particular. Lyricism of the Landscape shows paintings by Piet Mondriaan, Leo Gestel, Jan Cremer, JCJ van der Heyden, Jeroen Krabbé en Marc Mulders, and others.

Jeroen Krabbé, Suriname River at Danpaati II, 2006, olieverf op doek

Jeroen Krabbé, Suriname River
at Danpaati II, 2006,
oil paint on canvas

Jan Altink, Reitdiepsdijk, 1928, olieverf op karton

Jan Altink, Reitdiepsdijk, 1928,
oil paint on cardboard

Jacoba van Heemskerck, Boschgezicht, 1918, olieverf op doek

Jacoba van Heemskerck, Boschgezicht, 1918, oil paint on canvas


2. Nature-Based

Kröller-Müller Museum
11 June until November 2016

Thinking about nature whilst being surrounded by nature is part of experiencing the Kröller-Müller Museum. Not only because of the amazing location on the Veluwe, but also because of the impressive collection with work by artists who have different ideas about time and space and the way those relate to nature. For the first time in years, a large-scale artistic intervention takes place in the Sculpture garden: La Saison des Fêtes by Pierre Huyghe.

Pierre Huyghe en zijn assistent tijdens de aanleg van La Saison des Fêtes

Pierre Huyghe and his assistants while creating La Saison des Fêtes

Pierre Huyghe, Streamside Day, Event, celebration, October 11, 2003, Streamside Knolls, NY, USA

Pierre Huyghe, Streamside Day, Event, celebration, October 11, 2003, Streamside Knolls, NY, USA

Pierre Huyghe, Untitled (Human Mask), 2014

Pierre Huyghe, Untitled (Human Mask), 2014

 

3. Hunting with a camera | Pioneers of Dutch Nature Photography

Nederlands Fotomuseum
21 May until 4 September 2016

This exhibition lets the audience experience nature through the eyes of its pioneers. From over 90.000 historical nature photos in the museum’s collection, a selection was made that tells the story of the rise of nature photography.

Gele morgenster, 1934 © Richard Tepe / Nederlands Fotomuseum

Gele morgenster, 1934 © Richard Tepe / Nederlands Fotomuseum

Nest met oude en jonge Lepelaars, Naardermeer, 1905 © Richard Tepe / Nederlands Fotomuseum

Nest of old and young Spoonbills, Naardermeer, 1905 © Richard Tepe / Nederlands Fotomuseum

Vogelfotografie van de bovenste plank, Sloten, 1933 © Jan Pieter Strijbos / Nederlands Fotomuseum

The summit of bird photography, Sloten, 1933 © Jan Pieter Strijbos /
Nederlands Fotomuseum

 

4. Floralia

Gorcums Museum
2 April t/m 11 September 2016

The exhibition Floralia presents the way Dutch contemporary artists were inspired by flowers: a tribute to the flower in paintings, drawings, photographs and images. From abundant, exciting colour explosions to considerate still lives. But also the flower as a symbol of fertility or transitoriness.

Margriet Smulders - For Louise Bourgeois

Margriet Smulders – For Louise Bourgeois

Vincent Rijnbende, Likkende tijgerlelies

Vincent Rijnbende, Likkende tijgerlelies

Flos Pol, Zonder titel. Olieverf op linnen 30 x 24 cm

Flos Pol, Zonder titel. Oil paint on linnen 30 x 24 cm

 

5. A close look at Bulb Flowers – Water colours and drawings by members of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists

Museum De Zwarte Tulp
4 March until 21 August 2016

Divided over two periods, from 4 March until 29 May, blooming Spring bulbs and turnips are presented. Afterwards, from 31 May until 21 August, flourishing Summer bulbs and turnips are shown. In both periods, about sixty water colours and black and white drawings of tulips, hyacinths, narcissus, daffodils and crocuses can be enjoyed.

Museum De Zwarte Tulp - Bolbloemen onder de loep

Museum De Zwarte Tulp – A Close Look at Bulb Flowers

 

6. International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY)

De Hortus Amsterdam
16 April until 19 September 2016

The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition and exhibition, held in London every year at Kew Gardens, is world’s biggest in the area of garden and plant photography. The exhibition in De Hortus presents a selection of more than 30 winners and nominees of the 2016 competition.

Mass of naturalised Lupins along a river bank near Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand in summer.

Richard Bloom, Tekapo Lupins, Lake Tekapo. Mackenzie, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

 


7. Holland’s Glory

National Summer Flower exhibition
From 8 until 11 September 2016

Hydrangea, the cut hortensia, plays the leading part in the National Summer Flower exhibition. Cut hortensias are often seen in beautiful, stylish bouquets because of their appearance, and their versatility inspires many floral designers.

'Vivaldi' - De vier jaargetijden door bloemschikclub 'Bloemstars' van Groei & Bloei Westland

‘Vivaldi’ – The Four Seasons by Flower design club  ‘Bloemstars’ of Groei & Bloei Westland

'Vivaldi' - De vier jaargetijden door bloemschikclub 'Bloemstars' van Groei & Bloei Westland

‘Vivaldi’ – The Four Seasons by Flower design club ‘Bloemstars’ of Groei & Bloei Westland

 

8. Flower Carpet 2016 – Japan

Grand Place, Brussel
13 until 15 Augustus 2016

The 20th edition of the Flower Carpet is dedicated to the 150-year-old friendship between Belgium and Japan. 1800 m2 of begonias will temporarily form a carpet, inspired by the typical Japanese image of flowers, birds, the wind and the moon, that is being used to describe the beauty of nature.

Layout Bloementapijt 2016 - Japan

Layout Flower Carpet 2016 – Japan

Bloementapijt 2014

Flower Carpet 2014


9. Georgia O’Keeffe

Tate Modern
6 July until 30 October 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe is mainly known for her iconic flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. This is the first big retrospective of O’Keeffe in the United Kingdom in over 20 years. The exhibition consists of both her old and her new work, with for example the flowers that made her famous.

Georgia O'Keeffe Jimson Weed/ White Flower No. 1 1932 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas USA © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/DACS, London. Photograph by Edward C. Robison III

Georgia O’Keeffe
Jimson Weed/ White Flower No. 1 1932
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas USA © 2016
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London.
Photograph by Edward C. Robison III


10. Dutch Flowers

The National Gallery
6 April until 29 August 2016

Flower paintings from the 17th century to their peak in the late 18th century. The National Gallery presents an overview of prominent artists in the genre, such as Ambrosius Bosschaert de Oude, Jan van Huysum and Rachel Ruysch. The exhibition draws a parallel between the emergence of flower paintings in the Netherlands and the growing interest in botany, horticulture and the phenomena of ‘Tulip Mania’ in the Dutch Golden Age.

Detail Jan van Huysum, Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736-7)

Detail Jan van Huysum, Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736-7)

Detail Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase (1609–10)

Detail Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase (1609–10)

Jan van Os, Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1777-8)

Jan van Os, Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1777-8)

 

 

 

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