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Composite Landscapes

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Photomontage and Landscape Architecture. With works from influential contemporary artists and a dozen leading architects. The exhibition aim to reveal the practices of photomontage that depict the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape.

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curators: Charles Waldheim and Andrea Hansen

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will debut the first landscape architecture focused exhibition in the Hostetter gallery in the Museum’s new wing designed by Renzo Piano. Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture, will gather works from influential contemporary artists and a dozen leading landscape architects to examine one of landscape architecture’s most recognizable representational forms, the montage view. The exhibition, one of several landscape-focused programming highlights at the Gardner Museum this summer, will be on view from June 27 to September 2, 2013.

“The practice of montage, the overlay or superimposition of one image over another to produce a composite image, is as old as image making itself,” said Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “Photomontage, or montage using photographic images, has been practiced since the origins of photography itself. Various forms of photomontage emerged as critical and conceptual tools across a range of the visual arts throughout the twentieth century.”

Composite views aim to reveal the practices of photomontage that depict the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The first exhibition of its kind in North America, Composite Landscapes illustrates the diversity of an analog method now made nearly obsolete due to the evolving digital world. In revisiting the composite landscape view through a cultural lens, Composite Landscapes shines light on the current state of the photographically constructed image for design disciplines and beyond.

“Montage has been found to be particularly well suited to representing the temporal, phenomenal, and transformational aspects of landscape,” Waldheim said. “The practice of photomontage has been found particularly relevant by landscape architects over the past quarter century, and is arguably the field's dominant visual paradigm today.”

The introductory gallery will feature original works by a half dozen of the twentieth century’s leading practitioners of photomontage including David Hockney, Jan Dibbets, John Stezaker, and Superstudio. In addition to these original works, the introductory gallery will feature historical antecedents to the practice of landscape montage from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries including work by Humphry Repton, Booth Grey, Charles Eliot, and James Corner. The main gallery will feature original works by a dozen of the world’s leading landscape architects including Adriaan Geuze, James Corner, Yves Brunier, Ken Smith, Dieter Kienast, and Michael Van Valkenburgh.

More information about related programs, or landscape programming at the Gardner Museum, on the web site.

Image: John Stezaker, Mask XLVI (2007)

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston MA, 02115
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Admission: Adults $15; Seniors $12; Students $5;
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dal 23/10/2013 al 2/3/2014

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