The Garden of Forking Paths
DescriptionDuring the summer months of 2011, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst inaugurated a sculpture project on the grounds of the Froh Ussicht estate in Samstagern, Zurich. The project was inspired by Bomarzo, the famous Italian Renaissance garden populated with fantastical and monstrous sculptures and follies (i.e. buildings constructed primarily for the embellishment of a landscape). Artists Pablo Bronstein, Liz Craft, Ida Ekblad, Geoffrey Farmer, Kerstin Kartscher, Ragnar Kjartansson, Fabian Marti, Peter Regli and Thiago Rocha Pitta all devised their own fantastical narratives in response to Bomarzo. The Garden of Forking Paths enlarges upon this innovative exhibition with reproductions of installed works, and essays by some of the finest architecture and garden theorists and writers on the history of follies and the interaction between art and garden: Lars Bang Larsen, Michael Bracewell, Horst Bredekamp, Brian Dillon, Patrick Eyres, Heike Munder, Anthony Vidler and Catherine Wood.
February 29, 2012
8.1 X 0.8 X 10.8 inches | 2.05 pounds
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About the Author
Lars Bang Larsen is an art historian and curator. He is coeditor of several volumes published by Sternberg Press, including Fundamentalisms of the New Order and The Phantom of Liberty.
Horst Bredekamp is professor of art and image history at Humboldt University in Berlin and was one of the three founding directors of Berlin's Humboldt Forum.
Michael Bracewell was born in London in 1958 and has written widely on modern and contemporary art and culture. His more recent publications include Richard Hamilton: Late Works, and Damien Hirst: The Complete Psalm Paintings. He has contributed to The Faber Book of Pop and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing.
Heike Munder is director of Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich since 2001.