“Fungi constitute their own kingdom, separate from other eukaryotic life forms such as animals, plants, and protists. This kingdom consists of close to 100,000 known species. The actual number of species is estimated to be between 1.5 and 5 million. They differ from plants in that they have no chlorophyll, and they differ from animals in that they absorb their nutrients rather than eating them. Fungi are thought to be monophyletic, i.e., it is thought that there once existed a common ancestor species that all fungi, and only fungi, hail from.” These sensational lines open the Swedish Wikipedia article about Fungi. This fascinating biological phenomenon is also the subject of a longer series of works produced by Belgian-Swedish artist Carsten Höller over a period of several years.
The topic that has inspired this former researcher’s work is the role played by fungi in human mythology and lifestyles, particularly their use as psychedelics, or portals for escaping the bounds of rationality. There are versions of these monumental sculptures in some of the finest art collections in the world.
The imposing Giant Triple Mushroom is one of ten sensational works that we feel privileged to present in this spring’s Ten by Ten exhibition.
The idea for the exhibition is to select a single outstanding work by an artist, times ten. This format allows for a very particular way of experiencing the art. Each work will stand alone, briefly removed from its context, and situated in the company of highly disparate expressions and times. We love it, and we’ve found that our audience appreciates it, too.
The 5th edition of Ten by Ten includes following artists: Lucio Fontana, Sven X:et Erixson, Anders Zorn, Johan Fredric Wejssenburg, Yayoi Kusama, Carsten Höller, Pierre Alechinsky, Frits Thaulow, Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, Andy Warhol and Petra Cortright.
Welcome to Ten by Ten – May 4th to May 19th, 2018!
Frits Thaulow, Hamnen i Dieppe, cirka 1894, olja på duk, 65 x 92,5 cm.
Pierre Alechinsky, Pour Nanna, 1973, akryl på papper uppklistrad på duk, 114 x 154 cm.