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Light, geometry and the relationship between garden and architecture are the keys to the work of international landscape artist Fernando Caruncho. To understand the reason behind the fame of his minimalist gardens, we need to take a look at his study in philosophy and his interest in ancient Greek. The distinguished American landscape artist Dan Kiley, who considered him his successor, pointed out the relationship between Caruncho’s work with religion as the search for man’s position in the world, linking the most human with the natural. The lighting project for the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris sums up the philosophy of his oeuvre and the role geometry as a language is not destined to overpower nature but rather to provide a connection between humans and their environment. His studio, established in 1979, has realised projects all over the world from Italy to Japan, from New Zealand to Switzerland. One of his most recent projects has been the remodelling of the Pereda Gardens in Santander for the Fundación Botín. His two sons, Fernando and Pedro, have recently joined the studio. Pedro trained as a gardener and architect in Madrid and Paris and now works alongside his father on projects all over the world. His work is rooted in the union of man with the natural world through beauty. The renowned landscape artist and his son Pedro talk with Sofía Barroso, manager of cultural projects and specialised in art and gardens.
Cristina Castel-Branco, landscape architect .She founded ACB Arquitectura paisagista and she has been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon. Cristina is also a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage.
Fernando and Pedro Caruncho will participate live by videoconference, while Ms Castel-Branco and Ms Barroso will be on stage.
Fernando and Pedro Caruncho’s photography: courtesy of the studio Caruncho Garden & Architecture
Sofía Barroso’s photography: courtesy of Around Art
The history of tiles and the aesthetic of water have no mysteries for Cristina Castel-Branco. The historical gardens of Portugal are one of the specializations of this landscape architect, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon, obtained a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts after studying at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She has written numerous papers in her field of expertise and was elected as a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage. In 1989, she established the ACB Arquitectura Paisagista practice with Teresa Andresen, to promote contemporary gardens and parks integrating solutions learned in historical garden restoration projects. She’s been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon since 1989 and her papers are published in specialised journals in Europe, the United States and Japan. The French government has bestowed her with the Officier des Arts et des Letres. She speaks with Sofía Barroso, culture manager, specialist in art and gardens.
Mónica Luengo is an historian and landscape architect. Honorary member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA, of which she was president between 2009 and 2015. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Européen de Jardins et Paysages, the European Network of Historic Gardens and the Institute of Madrilenian Studies (CSIC). Vice President of ICOMOS Spain. She has collaborated with several universities and international organizations, and directed and participated in numerous courses and conferences on cultural landscapes and historic gardens. Consultant on issues related to World Heritage. Coordinator of the candidacy file of El Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, landscape of arts and sciences, founding partner of Arquitectura, Territorio y Landscape, S.L., which focuses on the realization of landscaping projects and rehabilitation of historic gardens.
Photography: courtesy of Around Art
Joaquín Araújo argues that the most beautiful, essential, generous and welcoming creation of nature is a wood and that our future does not make sense without trees and yet this civilization has affected its most reckless clumsiness by devastating the great home of life. He says so in his latest book, Los árboles te enseñarán a ver el bosque (Trees Will Show us How to See the Wood), in which he once again calls to attention all that we are wagering if we continue to turn our backs on Nature. Now that climate change seems to have made it onto the agenda of institutions, it is more pressing than ever to address the questions regarding the urgency of sustainability policies and how the lessons from a pandemic that is devastating the world should be the cornerstone to change course in our relationship with the natural world. Araújo is an icon in Spain for his defence and promotion of Nature from his early days when he worked alongside internationally acclaimed Spanish naturalist and broadcaster Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Araujo can lay claim to almost 100 books, over 2,000 speeches, hundreds of educational programmes in audiovisual media, but perhaps the figure he’s most proud of is the 22,000 trees he’s planted throughout his life. An entire forest.
Araújo will talk to the journalist and author Miquel Molina, Associate Editor of La Vanguardia, the newspaper in which he has a weekly op-ed. Molina has authored essays and novels such as Una flor del mal, La sonámbula, L’Everest al´hora punta or Alerta Barcelona. His most recent work is Naturaleza muerta, an essay on the story of the stuffed man known as the Negro of Banyoles, and in his view an example of 19th century fake news and a chapter in ethnological showbusiness.
Photography of Joaquín Araujo: courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Four experts with hands-on know-how in garden design discuss the importance of these pockets of nature and beauty in our lives. They are: Cristina Castel Branco, the Portuguese expert in the historical gardens of her country and their relationship with mosaics. The Uruguayan settled in Spain Julia Casaravilla, museologist and owner and curator of the Romeral de San Marcos, the garden designed by her late husband and landscape artist Leandro Silva. Álvaro de la Rosa, who trained as a sculptor, understands the garden as a work of art and as a transitional space between two opposites, the interior space, framed by architecture, and the infinite exterior space of the landscape. And Javier Mariátegui, a landscape architect by family tradition and personal passion, with 30 years of experience designing and building gardens in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria and France, whose designs are very versatiles with a range from the formal to the wildest, with landscape and water as the main subjects.
They will talk with Sofía Barroso, cultural manager and organizer of garden tours.
Event in Spanish
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time inside the Torreón de Lozoya
Photographs: courtesy of Around Art
By the time the name of Rohuna (a remote Moroccan location some 60 kilometres south of Tangiers) crossed paths with Umberto Pasti, he was already an established garden designer of international fame. He was born in Milan and studied philosophy. He is also a writer, art and literature critic, collector and aesthete. Books such as Jardines. Los verdaderos y los otros, La felicidad del sapo or, the most recent, Perdido en el paraíso provide an eloquent account of how his understanding of life is linked to the very nature which man seems intent to destroy. “When a plant disappears, a form of life disappears”, he is used to saying. In his particular paradise in Rohuna, he has dedicated two decades to bring together 1,200 indigenous species, about a hundred of which were on the verge of extinction. He divides his time between Milan, Tangiers – where he met Paul Bowles and Juan Goytisolo – and his particular paradise in Rohuna, proving that dreams can come true.
Ngoc Minh Ngo is a Vietnamese-born American self-taught photographer whose work explores the intrinsic beauty of plants and nature. Her sense of aesthetic is informed by the landscape and light – the changing moods of the coastal village in Vietnam where she was born. Years later, she discovered the photography of such masters as André Kertész, Jacques Henri Lartigue, and Robert Frank, and realised that, as she had learned from reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The essential is invisible to the eyes”, a truism that steers her work. She’s a regular contributor to top line magazines such as T Magazine, AD, Cabana o House & Garden and her books In Bloom and Bringing Nature Home have been published by the prestigious Rizzoli publishers.
Umberto Pasti and Ngoc Minh Ngo talk with Sofía Barroso manager of cultural events, specialised in art and gardens.
Umberto Pasti and Ngoc Minh Ngo will participate live by videoconference, while Ms Barroso will be on stage
Video of Rohuna 2020: © Ngoc Minh Ngo
Photography of Umberto Pasti: © Ngoc Minh Ngo, courtesy of Around Art
Photographs of Ngoc Minh Ngo and Sofía Barroso: courtesy of Around Art
Coorganised with Around Art. With the collaboration of Acantilado Publisher
In this new edition of My own and Others’ – a series of readings which celebrates its eleventh anniversary at Hay Festival Segovia – José Antonio Municio, expert in the history of the garden, will reveal some of its secrets to us.
Caroline Michel, Hugh Elliott, Toñi Elliott, Christian Ebner, João Mira Gomes, Jan Versteeg, Maria de Lurdes Vale and Magali Guerrero read texts of their own work or by their favourite authors during a walk through the Romeral de San Marcos garden, guided by the masters of ceremony Cristina Ward and Félix Valdivieso.
In the case of rain, the event will take place at the same time at La Alhóndiga
Photographs of “My own and others” 2019: Javier Segovia