Zürich, 21th of March 2019
Flowers to Arts 2019
Dr. Solomon Leong, Floral Artist from Hong Kong participated in Flowers to Arts at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland. He interpreted Markus Raetz’ work, Portrait of Monica, 1979.
The contemplation of flower creations together with selected works of art from the collection of the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland is a formula for success. For the sixth time, Flowers to Arts has been met with great public interest. One of the highlights of the exhibition, was the live floristry demonstration with Dr. Solomon Leong, participant of this year’s Florist World Cup of Florists, and the Swiss master florist Philipp von Arx.
When the Aargauer Kunsthaus smells of flowers, when white carnations, yellow mimosas and blue hyacinths are being delivered, then it is time for Flowers to Arts at the Aargauer Kunsthaus. The creations of 14 Swiss florists and their teams took the audience on a sensual journey that appealed to both eyes and noses.
Flowers to Arts took place for the sixth time, with an increased public interest every year. From the 5th to 10th of March, more than 18,000 visitors took the opportunity to visit the exhibition at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, which is unique in Europe.
Fourteen outstanding florists from Switzerland reflected Swiss art in their creations of fresh flowers. Both master florists and young talents interpreted paintings and drawings by important artists such as Varlin, Christine Streuli, Didier Rittener and other protagonists of the classical to contemporary art.
For the first time, Dr. Solomon Leong, a floral artist from Hong Kong and thus from a different cultural background took part. His floral interpretation of Markus Raetz' portrait of Monika skilfully integrated the principle of empty space, which is an important element in Asian art and architecture.
Almost all of the more than 40 events in the extensive accompanying programme of the exhibition were sold out. The guided tours led by florists and art historians were very well received, as were the creative workshops for families and children. The main highlights of the week were the live floristry demonstration with Dr. Solomon Leong and Philipp von Arx as well as talks on floristry and art.
Also, young Swiss textile designers created exclusive foulards for the event. The experimental window on textile design and floristry thematised the role of art and floristry as a source of inspiration for textile design.
The association FLOWERS TO ARTS, the Aargauer Kunsthaus and all participants are delighted with the fantastic response. The next edition of Flowers to Arts will take place from 3rd to 8th of March 2020.
About FLOWERS TO ARTS
The exhibition Flowers to Arts is a joint project of the association FLOWERS TO ARTS and the Aargauer Kunsthaus. Since 2014, FLOWERS TO ARTS has been promoting the connection between floristry and art through cultural events.