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Work by Paula Anta exhibited at La Risa de las Flores
A GUIDEPOST Report
Photos courtesy Casa Asia
You simply can’t give these a miss! Not when they cause fresh breezes from exotic lands to blow into the scalding heat of Madrid summer! we are referring to the two garden exhibitions courtesy of Casa Asia:
The black zen garden (“Un jardín zen negro”) is a literal description of the exhibition created as a homage to the people of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, who suffered from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano for 85 days.
A creation by the Japanese architect Hiroya Tanaka, the black zen garden, mounted on the 250 sq-m terrace of La Flor del Real Jardín Botanico, is covered with more than 70 tons of lava that Cumbre Vieja began spewing on 21 September 2021.
The sheer beauty and elegance of this allusive zen garden is an invitation to stress-free moments and inner serenity.
Terraza de la Flor del Real Jardin Bontanico
Plaza de Murillo,2 (beside Palacio Villanueva)
Date: Up to 7 December 2022
Lee Lee Nam
Curated by Casa Asia’s Director of Culture and Exhibitions, Menene Gras Balaguer, “La risa de las flores (The Laughter of the Flowers)” is an exhibition of the works, in the form of videos, paintings, mountings, and drawings, of various Asian and Spanish artists, through which the symbolism of the flowers is (hopefully) revealed. To wit: the Spaniards Frederic Amat, Marisa González, Manuel V. Alonso, Nicolás Combarro, Teresa Esteban, Javier Garcerá, Paula Anta, Ana Nance); the Japanese Mari Ito and Azuma Makoto; the Iranian Mana Salehi; the Filipina Wawi Navarroza; and the Koreans Koo Jeong A, Lee Lee Nam, and Han Sungpil.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Matsuo Bashô’s spring haiku. Bashô (1644-1694) is one of the all-time foremost representatives of this 17-syllable epigrammatic Japanese verse.
Sala Invernadero de los Bonsai and the Patio de Tilo
Real Jardin Botanico
Up t0 25 September 2020
Note: The Risa exhibition will be rounded off with various Asian and Spanish artists, philosophers, poets and academicians who will talk about the different types of Asian gardens at the Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles, Palacio Fernán Núñez, Calle de Santa Isabel, 44.
Ticket info here
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