Hortus Deliciarum

Preparatory sketches for Hortus Deliciarum at Museum Tinguely in the context of the exhibition Amuse-bouche. The Taste of Art Collage and ink on paper, dimensions variable 2020

Hortus Deliciarum (from Latin, means Garden of Delights) is a site-specific project divided into three parts: The greenhouse installed in the public park of Basel in front of the museum (Solitude Park), the installation inside the museum and edible performances.

The performances invite the audience to taste the natural edible flora of Basel, creating a new sensorial experience based on the degustation of flowers.

Hortus Deliciarum is a reflection about the nature that surrounds us, through sensory experiences, focused mainly on the taste of nature, more specifically on the taste of flowers. Rethinking the use of flowers in food, considering their social, cultural, educational and anthropological aspects, but also their artistic and aesthetic potential.

Hortus Deliciarum proposes two different strategies: the construction of a greenhouse in public space in collaboration with Stadgärtnerei Basel. And, an installation inside the Tinguely museum – a symbolic space reminiscent of the domestic kitchen.

The two installations (in the park and in the museum) constitute observatories of space as poetic imaginary and real landscape, as an experience of place and its phenomenological conditions.

The greenhouse, with a variety of species of flowers almost invisible in the park and around Basel that gain protagonism and flavour on the table of the installation inside the museum. This table/laboratory/bed is in front of a tile panel containing these same printed flowers.

There are several phases during the whole process of the project ( May 2019 – February 2020): organisation and maintenance of the flowers selected from the flora of Basel, installation and maintenance of the greenhouse in the public park, installation of the “kitchen” inside the museum and finally the activation of the installation outside and inside the museum with tasting performances.


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