The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into four larger-than-life, three-dimensional portrait busts for the special exhibition Four Seasons, on view at Hillwood from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.
Contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas’s fifteen-foot high fiberglass sculptures are inspired by the series, The Seasons,by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593). This unusual series represents each season through the depiction of a portrait rendered in botanical materials such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, and branches. Haas’s re-creations transform these intriguing works, enlarging the scale, altering the materials, and adding dimensionality to shed a contemporary perspective on the popular paintings. Four Seasons represents the third contemporary art exhibition at Hillwood, following the notable presentations of works by Eva Zeisel in 2005 and Isabelle de Borchgrave in 2012. It is the first time Hillwood has presented an installation of art in the gardens.
The fantastical seasons will emerge from the ellipse lawn at Hillwood, encircled by flowers, shrubs, and verdant woodlands. Viewers will be invited to explore the intricate details of the sculptures from all angles, discovering the previously unseen sides of Arcimboldo’s two-dimensional interpretations. The installation will weather the changing seasons, as the surrounding gardens transition from late summer, through fall, winter, and into early spring.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a Renassiance painter, born in Milan, who likely studied the works of Leonardo Da Vinci before he left Italy to paint for the imperial courts of the Habsburg rulers in Vienna and Prague. During the reign of Austria’s Emperor Maximilian II, Arcimboldo created the series The Seasons, comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The portraits, painted in 1563, depict faces composed of plants associated with each season. Rosebuds form the lips of Spring, while a ripe peach stands in for a plump cheek on Summer. The portraits also represent the ages that are often linked with each season of the year. Spring is a youthful face crafted from flower blossoms and lush greenery. A wizened old man’s face, constructed out of twisted tree branches, is the subject of Winter. The strange series was greatly appreciated for its humor as much as for the artist’s technical skill, and the paintings became quite popular in the Habsburg court.
Click here for tickets to November 7 illustrated talk with artist Philip Haas.
Daybreaker DC returns to Georgetown in their final event of the summer - Swedish Invasion August 24, 2016.
Daybreaker is staging a morning love-invasion of Embassy of Sweden - the stunning modern palace on the Georgetown Waterfront.
Daybreaker's Swedish Invasion will showcase the best that Scandinavia has to offer. The event will take place alongside an exhibit highlighting the life and career of a legendary Swedish ballet choreographer and director, Mats Ek, and feature a Swedish DJ to set the mood.
Come get your dance and culture on! Enjoy free coffee, healthy juices & breakfast treats, dance your face off before work, and feel gloriously healthy while doing so!
Yoga 6:00 - 7:00 am
Dance Party 7:00 - 9:00 am
Yoga + Dance 6:00 - 9:00 am: $35
Early Bird: Just Dance 7:00 - 9:00 am: $20
Just Dance 7:00 - 9:00 am: $25
3+ Group Discount: $18.44
Contact Jenny Mahlqvist for more information: 202.467.2643 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Embassy of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown
On Tuesday afternoon, July 12th, Appalachian Odyssey Author Jeff Ryan pulled up in front of the Thos. Moser Georgetown Showroom in his 1985 Vanagon wrapped in the cover his new book. Ryan chose Thos. Moser, a fellow Maine-based firm, to begin his five-month journey across the US sharing stories about his 28-year adventure hiking America’s Trail.
Arriving early, Ryan toured the DC showroom with Showroom Manager Kevin Sweitzer and Sales Assistant Ed Myrtle, checking out the newest pieces of the Handmade American Furniture including the Hartford and Cumberland Collections. The signature Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair greets visitors at the entry in front of a stack of wood.
During the discussion, Ryan read excerpts from his book as well as shared photos he took, and in some cases returned to spots and retook, of the trails that run from Maine to Georgia. The author and former L.L. Bean catalog writer focused on the deeper takeaways from the almost three-decade long journey, citing perseverance, friendship and the evolution of equipment and food.
Ryan said hiking provided many life lessons and incremental steps to what’s important to him. “Doing what I enjoy led to an incredible journey,” he added.
Guests included Janet Donovan of Hollywood on the Potomac, Virginia Coyne of Washington Life, Michael Woestefoff of The Washington Lobbyist, Jeremy Bailey of Park Life DC, and Thos. Moser, hiking and Maine fans.