Olafur Eliasson
Herbarium, 2021

LIFE - Space of Coexistence

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LIFE - Space of Coexistence

Olafur Eliasson’s art invites viewers to explore future forms of coexistence by welcoming multiple perspectives – human and non-human alike. For his solo show at Fondation Beyeler, the artist immerses the institution in a border-crossing investigation of our preconceptions of nature and culture.

This exclusive edition "Herbarium" 2021, which includes specially processed, dried and pressed Nympheas Ellisiana water lilies (Latour-Marliac*) has been released on the occasion of the exhibition “LIFE” and developed in close collaboration with the artist.

*Joseph Latour-Marliac and Claude Monet:
The nursery was founded in 1875 by Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac for the propagation, cultivation and commercialization of hardy water lilies. Prior to setting up his nursery, Latour-Marliac had found a way to hybridize hardy water lilies through a process that remains mysterious. There was a need, for at the time the only hardy water lily in Europe was a white one. By crossing this white variety with other wild varieties he obtained from North America and elsewhere, Latour-Marliac was ultimately able to build a collection of water lilies whose palette ranged from delicate yellow to fuscia and deep red. By 1889 Latour-Marliac felt that his collection was significant enough to exhibit at the World's Fair in Paris that year, and so his new-fangled plants were unveiled along with the Eiffel Tower. Installed in the water gardens in front of the Trocadéro, the hybrids were a sensation and won first prize in their category. More importantly, however, they caught the eye of the painter, Claude Monet. Monet saw the plants as a marvel and would later become captivated by them. Soon after this experience at the Trocdéro, Monet bought the property in Giverny, which he had been renting, and began to build his jardin d'eau, or water garden.


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Edition Series of 100 unique prints
Medium Dried and pressed Nympheas Ellisiana water lilies (Latour-Marliac) on Lanaquarelle handmade paper, 300 gm
Sheet size 42 x 59,4 cm
Frame size 51 x 66 cm
frame Maple wood (FSC label), varnished with day and fluorescent paint
Manufacturer Vogt Landschaft Architekt, Zurich
Certificate Certificate signed by the artist
Delivery times approx. 4-6 weeks

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