11. march - 16. april 2022

"If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a year, get married. But if you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden."

The garden and its plants and crops are among the world's most beloved motives. Nyttehaven, Blomsterhaven, Barndommens have and Dødens Have are just some of the categories of gardens, that artists throughout history have used as inspiration.

Jan Brueghel the Elder, Fragonard, Friedrich, Monet, Nolde. Klee, William Morris, Anna Syberg, Carl Larsson, Alhed Larsen, Anna Ancher and Krøyer. Just to mention a few from the Western Cultural heritage.

Gardens are man-made spaces for pleasure, and are often depicted as a kind of concentrate of everything, that we associate with the good. Germination, growth, flowering and seeding. Colors, shapes, seductive scents, light and shelter.

Whether the gardens are for visual pleasure and joy or for utility, they speak to our need for recreation and to the attachment to life and death, fertility and decay. We are pulled away from the rational and the virtual, and perhaps we experience a greater longing for something concrete and immediately sensible. A beauty that has value in itself. An alternative.

Trees offer shady spaces, plants attract insects, there is a particularly dreamy atmosphere of both peace and joy.

In art gardens as organized spaces may symbolize happiness, harmony, inner wealth and growth. Just like the flower and the useful crop, which gives shape to emotions and states of mind. A phenomenon not least known from Vanitas motives.

As everything else, gardens have different characters depending on the purpose, where they are located and when they were created. In a 7 hectares garden from 1912 at the wealthy villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the south of France, you can experience Spanish, French, Florentine, Provencal, Japanese and exotic garden styles, culminating in a water organ, where cascades of water are shot into the air.

And in our current times, we are encouraged to so-called re-wildening of our nicely landscaped gardens to provide good conditions for lost biodiversity and for vulnerable and endangered animal species.

In the group exhibition SOW WATER HARVEST, the invited artists have their own approaches to the theme, and we look forward to welcoming you to a hopefully joyful and inspiring garden walk in the gallery's two exhibition rooms.