A Botanical Index of Narcissus
Rediscover the beauty of Narcissus flowers in photographer Anna Skladmann’s new exhibition, The Man With The Midas Touch – A Botanical Index Of Narcissus, showing at the Garden Museum from 14 February – 28 February 2019. The exhibition will be in the central ‘Nave’ of the Museum, filling the building with spring blooms and saying goodbye to the winter months.
Located in the central nave of the Museum, the exhibition highlights issues around sustainability and the relationship between technology and nature. The photographs depict the gold-medal winning Narcissus flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, grown by Johnny Walkers, who is known for his champion displays at the Show, having won his 25th consecutive gold medal in 2018. These specific breeds are made by man rather than nature and carefully labelled for the viewers’ attention.
Through the use of scanning techniques, Skladmann further challenges the beauty of nature and its place in contemporary life, which is heavily influenced by technological advancements. As humans control nature, tailoring and perfecting what was once left to its own order, the need to reflect our place in the ecological system is crucial in times of natural adversity.
This exhibition has been supported by the Gaia Art Foundation.
Thursday 21 February
Anna Skladmann in Conversation with Johnny Walkers