Museum of Seasons is a permanent exhibition space where seasonal portraits of La Foresta move from Visual Strolls when the seasons change. The Museum is displaying all the portraits of La Foresta during every past season of the journey by every artist who has contributed their imagination and brought a season to our forest. By clicking on the artist's name you will be directed to an online gallery showcasing a selection of their work and their reflections about it.
“The forest gave me an infinitely important language in which I draw. Color and rhythm. Always different, lively, uneven, erratic. There is no clear plan and there cannot be one. Streaks, movements, swaying of grass and branches, rustling and bustling. Softness, roughness - an incredible variety of texture.” Visit the gallery > Olya Leontieva.
“I think of the forest as a space of calm, of shelter, of contemplation. I think of it as a fertile space to inhabit or transit, but also as an unembraceable, wild and unknown…. a place where the unexpected is possible, where the encounter, the surprise and the relationship between the elements is as, or more, important than the things themselves.” Click here to visit the page of Diego Mallo, author of Winter portrait 2018-2019.
“I want to salvage and revive our connection to the natural world. I study rich hand craft traditions, using them in collaboration with found botanical and organic material; symbolically binding nature and the human touch.” Visit the online gallery of Hillary Waters Fayle to look closer at the Autumn 2018 portrait she created and explore her seasonal, intricate and sensitive work.
"The forest gives me a sense of peace and security now when I live in a big city. This experience deeply influenced my passion for simplicity, for sense of solitude in my art, and attraction to small things in life that many people overlook." Visit the gallery of Karolina Skórka, our winter 2017/2018 artist, here.
"When I am in the forest, that is, when I inhabit my body, I have no doubt I am in the right place and I know it. That’s when my thoughts realize it and stay silent for a while. What happens to me in those moments I can not explain in words, this is why it is better to dance, sing, hug, cry, jump into the river, laugh or make illustrations." See and read more at our autumn artist's Violeta Lopiz personal gallery of the inner forest.
In summer 2017 our invited artist was Ana Ventura. Ana is a multi-facetted artist and illustrator, working with a wide variety of media. She is creating illustrated books, embroidery sets, decorative wall stickers, photographs, screenprints, postcards, clothes and accessories.
Things didn’t have name when we were forests. "Perhaps we are all foreigners, exiled in the City, always with nostalgia for a distant Forest", - writes Jesus Cisneros, the author of spring portrait of La Foresta. More on longing for the time when we were woods you will discover visiting the delicate exhibition of Jesus' work.
Much of the artwork of Adolfo Serra is dedicated to nature as something huge, overwhelming, simple, brutal, beautiful; to humans as creatures of nature; and also to the inner nature, growth, maturity, change and inner journeys. It's about one’s need to seek their own forest to grow, to meet, to be true to their own nature, whatever it is.
Creator of the first seasonal portrait for La Foresta, just at the time when she was born, is Valerio Vidali. Valerio is an illustrator and creator of picture books, wooden toys and sculptures. His books have been published in many countries around the world.
Cover image by Jesus Cisneros