Gardens of the World - The search for Paradise

  • 13. May - 9. October 2016

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    Gardens tell stories. These stories tell of a yearning for Paradise, love, retreat, power, beauty. The Museum Rietberg invites you to take a stroll through the gardens of the world and the history of garden culture.

    The exhibition presents famous gardens from all over the world and tells the stories of people who looked to gardens for inspiration, love, luck or sanctuary. 

    The various performances and the search for Paradise form one of the central themes, as does the history of European garden culture from the Middle Ages through to the Romantic period. Located in front of the Museum, an urban garden planted with vegetables and herbs draws us back to the here and now. 

    The exhibition presents the big names in art, such as the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, along with Claude Monet and Max Liebermann. Contemporary artists, such as Ai Weiwei and Wolfgang Laib, who will strew his art work on the floor of the Museum using pollen, will also feature. 

    One highlight of the exhibition focuses on gardens in Indian painting. The variety of the gardens and the close relationship that people have with nature can be seen in over sixty pictures: sumptuous palace grounds with geometric gardens, terraces that host lively debates and snug garden pavilions where lovers meet.


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    Rietberg Talks

    The yearning for a garden
    We, 7 September 2016: 19.30h

    Green intelligence
    We, 14 September 2016: 19.30h


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