The Garden of Forking Paths is the title of an outdoor sculpture project, which the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst is staging on the Blum family estate in Samstagern near Zürich, Switzerland. The exhibition, curated by the Migros Museum’s director Heike Munder, is presented in two parts. This video shows the opening of the first part of the project, and Heike Munder talks about the concept of the exhibition and the works on display.
The first part of “The Garden of Forking Paths” presents works by the artists Pablo Bronstein, Liz Craft, Fabian Marti, Peter Regli, and Thiago Rocha Pitta. Pablo Bronstein has created a pavilion that serves as the performance venue for the aria “Qui del Sol gl’infausti lampi” from the opera “Agar et Ismaele Esiliati by Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (click here to watch the performance). Liz Craft has conceived a garden house with a stairway to heaven (“Snake House”), while Fabian Marti has built a psychedelic hothouse (“Heroic Dose”). Finally, there’s Peter Regli’s disproportionally large snowman made of white marble (“Reality Hacking No. 270”), and Thiago Rocha Pitta’s “Monument to the Continental Drift”, a sail for the landscape.
The second part of the show opens the 10th July 2011 with additional works by Ida Ekblad, Geoffrey Farmer, Kerstin Kartscher, and Ragnar Kjartansson. The sculpture project “The Garden of Forking Paths” is a guest on the Froh Ussicht estate, owned by the Blum family in Samstagern (Zürich). Since 2008, Martin Blum presents art projects on his farmland under the name Froh Ussicht.
The Garden of Forking Paths Outdoor Sculpture Project, Opening, May 1, 2011.
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