From March 2nd to July 7th, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech will host "Cactus," an exhibition co-curated by Marc Jeanson, a botanist from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and Laurent Le Bon, President of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Artist Yannick Vu, co-founder of the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, will exhibit "Cactus en Fruit," a 1983 oil on canvas work inspired by this curious plant.
Cacti have been objects of fascination for over five centuries in Europe. Spontaneously present in arid areas of our planet, they constitute a subject of study to understand the progressive diffusion of the exuberance of tropical flowers in the West through expeditions, explorations, and the explosion of horticulture in the 19th century.
As works of art, these plants are collected and are the origin of notable gardens such as the Cacti garden of Creismeas in Brittany, the Cactus Garden of César Manrique in Lanzarote, or the collection of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino near Los Angeles.
On the island of Mallorca, specifically in Las Salinas, there are two enormous cactus gardens, the Botanicactus, covering 150,000 m², and another impressive collection of cacti, possibly one of the most complete in the world, belonging to the Juan March Foundation.
The distinctive aesthetic of cacti has fascinated many artists and has traversed the history of graphic arts, including photography and painting. Artists such as Picasso, Scholz, Atget, Man Ray, Renger-Patzsch, or Wolfgang Tillmans have made these plants subjects of preference.
"Cactus" is an exhibition of these plant species and aims to showcase the extraordinary diversity of cacti and succulent plants through a wide variety of artistic expressions in dialogue.
Under the title "Music of the Mind," the Tate Modern in London will showcase Yoko Ono's creations in various disciplines until September 1st, offering a unique perspective on the influential artist's more than seven decades of work. Featuring over 200 pieces, the exhibition provides a comprehensive portrait of the artist through installations, objects, videos, photographs, sculptures, documents on her performances, music, and artistic endeavors throughout her career. This retrospective is the most extensive ever held in the UK about her.
Since the 1950s, with her early exhibitions in New York, Yoko Ono has been associated with conceptualism, a movement that advocates for the idea that the concepts behind a work carry more weight than the work itself, emphasizing the importance of the meaning the artist intends to convey.
At the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, you can also enjoy iconic works by the artist, such as 'War is Over!' and the 'Wish Tree.' Discover them on your next visit!
1. Yoko Ono with Yannick and Ben Jakober. Photograph: Archive
2. 'War is Over!' (2009), Sa Bassa Blanca Museum. Photograph: Archive
3. Yoko Ono visiting the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum. Photograph: Archive
Located in Alcudia, Majorca, Spain, Sa Bassa Blanca Museum (msbb) is a museum fully integrated in a protected area declared Wildlife Sanctuary.