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Four Seasons at Hillwood: Climbing Back Inside the Museum--or Fleeing!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:30PM

Explore the earthy, fanciful and exuberant large-scale sculptures of the Four Seasons with artist and filmmaker Philip Haas.


In a spectacular transformation that is typical of his work, Philip Haas created a group of large-scale sculptures, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s renaissance paintings of the four seasons. The colossal size of Haas’s sculpture accentuates the visual puzzle of natural forms—flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, trees, bark, branches, twigs, leaves—as they are recycled to form four human portraits, each representing an individual season. The result is at once earthy, fanciful and exuberant—a commentary on Arcimboldo's style and a work of art in its own right.

Philip Haas remarks: “I started the Four Seasons project wanting to bring Arcimboldo’s sixteenth-century nature imagery into the twenty-first century physical world. I can’t think of a more intriguing venue than Hillwood's garden, where the sculptures will stand in juxtaposition with the collection, uncertain whether they should climb back inside the museum—or flee!"

In his heavily-illustrated talk, Haas will give an account of how he embarked on the project, how the works were made, and how they arrived and were installed at Hillwood.


5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion, Four Seasons, and Deco Japan open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture

Four Seasons at Hillwood: Climbing Back Inside the Museum--or Fleeing!