“Flowers for art”: a creative experiment by florists and museum workers

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The Swiss city of Aargau has opened the exhibition “Flowers for Art”, which is being held for the seventh consecutive year by the local Art Museum and the association of florists “Flowers to Arts”. Working at the intersection of floristry and painting, the arrangers create unique flower arrangements that continue the theme and mood of several paintings from the collection of the Art Museum of Aargau.
The exhibition is extremely popular with the public – the previous exposition “Flowers for Art” was visited by more than 18 thousand people wishing to get a sensual artistic impression of paintings accompanied by floral arrangements. The exhibition is open no more than a week – both due to the short duration of the flowers themselves, and the need to maintain the necessary regime in the museum premises. The professionalism of the florists and delightful harmony between the paintings of famous masters and floral designs are so attractive that last year the museum management extended the time of the exhibition for a few hours – so many people were willing.
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
Giovanni Segantini. “Mountain Landscape”, 1898-1899.
Flower composition: Claudia Lischer, Annina Ruch (St. Moritz). Photo: David Aebi.
This year 14 works of art were selected, created in different pictorial styles – from the expressionist Ernst Kirchner to the avant-garde Oscar Luthy and landscape painter Alexander Kalam.
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. “Erna with a Japanese umbrella.” 1913
Flower arrangement: Elsbeth Leuenberger, Anita Shibli (Hausen)
Photo: David Othmar Hive.

The main illustration for the material shows the work of the surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim, “Dark Mountains, Red-Yellow Clouds on the Right” (1977-1979), accompanied by a floral composition by Regula Gul from Zurich. The flower arrangement is exquisitely emphasized with design vases that repeat the motifs of the painting.

"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
Verschmelzung von Bild und Blumen: Die florale Interpretation von Ferdinand Hodlers Werk “Der Niesen vom Heustrich aus”.

Work by Ferdinand Hodler in 1910 and floral composition by Frank Wessner and Alessandro Palumbo (Basel). Photo: David Aebi

This year all tickets were bought in advance, so only selected people will be able to see the works presented at the exhibition. We have used Kunsthaus Aargau photos and offer you to enjoy wonderful works of art – both picturesque and floral.

"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
"Flowers for art": a creative experiment by florists and museum workers
 

Paintings and floral compositions that made up the exhibition “Flowers for Art” 2020

Like many other museums, the Art Museum in Aargau has introduced additional measures related to the coronavirus epidemic. Due to a decision of the Federal Directorate of Health, events involving more than 1,000 people are now banned, and each exhibition, “Flowers for the Arts”, is a constant stir. Therefore, the vernissage and children’s events have been canceled and the exhibition itself is only open from 3 to 8 March.

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