Julho 2021

Power Station of Art
Xangai, China
Colaboração entre Power Station of Art e Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

Trees are among the oldest living organisms on the planet— the first known fossil forest dates back 385 million years— and the plant world constitutes 99% of the Earth’s biomass. Humans have been around for little more than 300,000 years and represent only 0.01% of this organic matter.

This exhibition presents the many voices of a community of artists, botanists, and philosophers who have developed, each through their own aesthetic and scientific journey, a powerful and intimate bond with trees, thus highlighting all the beauty and biological complexity of these great protagonists of the living world, which are today drastically threatened.

First presented to much acclaim in Paris, France, in 2019, the exhibition’s intention is to convey a universal message beyond the original scope of its creator. It is therefore with great pleasure that the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and the Power Station of Art are presenting a new version of this exhibition in Shanghai, especially dedicated to the Chinese public.

In recent decades, scientific discoveries about trees—and indeed, the entire plant kingdom—have given us a new perspective on these venerable members of the living world. Sensorial abilities, communication skills, memory capacity, symbiosis with other species, and climatic influence: the revelation of these qualities has resulted in the fascinating hypothesis of “plant intelligence,” which could help provide answers to many of today’s environmental challenges. In resonance with this botanical revolution, Trees draws together the thinking of artists and scientists and thinkers, extending the exploration of ecological issues that have driven the Fondation Cartier’s programming for many years.

Presenting the works of South American artists (Brazil, Colombia and Peru)—including people of the rainforest (from Amazonia)—as well as Chinese, European (France, Italy, and Ireland), Indian, and Iranian artists, the path of the exhibition weaves three narrative threads around trees: scientific knowledge, aesthetic meditation, and finally, that of the tragedy of deforestation and the mega- fires that are devastating the planet.

Trees seeks to ensure the restitution of their pivotal role in the concert of living beings, which in the West has been taken from them by anthropocentrism and zoocentrism. The exhibition invites us to consider trees—the source of our atmosphere—as true partners in our shared world.

Artistas presentes na exposição:

Bruce Albert, Grga Basic, Stefano Boeri, Jake Bryant, Johanna Calle, Alex Cerveny, Ehuana Yaira, John Gerrard, Francis Hallé, Hu Liu, Huang Yong Ping, Fabrice Hyber, Luc Jacquet, Joseca, Kalepi Sanöma, Mahmoud Khan, Cesare Leonardi, François-Michel Le Tourneau, Stefano Mancuso, Sebastián Mejía, Santídio Pereira, Jivya Soma Mashe, Jérôme Schlomoff, Franca Stagi, Afonso Tostes, Adriana Varejão, Cássio Vasconcellos, Luiz Zerbini and Zhang Enli.


布鲁斯 · 阿尔贝 BRUCE ALBERT
人类学家 Anthropologist

卡地亚当代艺术基金会馆长 General Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

艺术评论家、策展人 Art critic and exhibition curator

卡地亚当代艺术基金会艺术总监 Director of Programs and Artistic Projects of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

上海当代艺术博物馆馆长 Director of the Power Station of Art

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