Rhododendrons: Riddle, Obsession, Threat
Coinciding with the peak flowering period of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s rhododendrons, this exhibition reveals our significant history of collecting, researching and cultivating this genus.
Work by contemporary artists Simon Starling, Alison Turnbull and Yan Wang Preston is presented alongside historical botanical illustration, photography and objects from RBGE’s Archive. The exhibition also features newly commissioned work, Rhododatum: a collaboration between artists Stefanie Posavec and Ray Interactive, with RBGE Biodiversity Conservation Network Manager, Alan Elliott. This digital project brings to life RBGE’s expansive Rhododendron data sets and looks at contemporary concerns such as the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species and how that relates to our collections.
Rhododendrons: Riddle, Obsession, Threat is supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Sibbald Trust. The exhibition sits within RBGE’s Climate House project, supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund's Transformative Grant.
Further details of associated events can be found at www.rbge.org.uk, including a Botanical Illustration Workshop with Jacqui Pestell & Sarah Roberts and a BSL Exhibition Tour with Trudi Collier.
Image: Rhododendron neriiflorum subsp. phaedropum Photo: David A. Purvis.
Venue: Inverleith House @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Dates: Saturday 9th April 2022 - Sunday 5th June 2022
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 17:30 (last entry 17:15)
Thursday 26th May 2022
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