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Exhibition Review: Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery from 4 March to 17 May 2020

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The Hayward Gallery presents Among the Trees that celebrates works of art that are inspired by trees and forests. The exhibition spans the past 50 years and brings together works by 38 leading international artists from five different continents. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the exhibition explores how trees have shaped human civilisation and how they play an indispensable role in our lives and imaginations.

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The exhibition includes a wide variety of media from immersive video installations, life-sized sculptures, large-scale paintings, drawings and black-and-white photographs. Participating artists are: Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yto Barrada, Johanna Calle, Gillian Carnegie, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Everberg, Anya Gallaccio, Simryn Gill, Rodney Graham, Shi Guowei, Hugh Hayden, Eva Jospin, Kazuo Kadonaga, William Kentridge, Toba Khedoori, Luisa Lambri, Myoung Ho Lee, Zoe Leonard, Robert Longo, Sally Mann, Steve McQueen, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Mariele Neudecker, Virginia Overton, Roxy Paine, Giuseppe Penone, Abel Rodríguez, Ugo Rondinone, George Shaw, Robert Smithson, Jennifer Steinkamp, Thomas Struth, Rachel Sussman, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Jeff Wall.

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The exhibition takes place in five galleries, each one having a variety of works. Gallery 1 features a series of photographs by Robert Adams which examines the impact of present-day human activity on nature. A tree sculpture by Anya Gallacio draws the attention as does a six-metre-high wooden sculpture by Giuseppe Penone.

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Crowhurst II by Tacita Dean evokes a mysterious old tree.

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Gallery 2 is dominated by Eva Jospin’s Foret Palatine and the ghostly drawings of Toba Khedoori.

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Gallery 3 features a 16-metre-long video portrait of a Finnish spruce by Eija-Liisa Ahtila.

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Gallery 4 introduces us to the wood itself with works by Giuseppe Penone and Ugo Rondinone’s sculpture of an ancient olive tree.

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Gallery 5 has Jennifer Steinkamp’s 15-metre-long animated video projection which places us in the midst of a birch forest as it cycles through the four seasons.

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This unusual exhibition provides viewers with a unique chance to go for a walk in the woods and forests of contemporary art, the enormous diversity of nature has long been a subject for artists and many of the works reflect the beauty and the complexity of the natural world around us. Some artists bring attention to the effects that human activity are having on nature and the importance of maintaining the delicate balance of the natural world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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