With the opening of the Japanese Garden in Hasselt, an exhibition will be opened with the title 90 days of light. This exhibition, by Michiko Van de Velde, focuses on spring and light.
Light is a resource for everyone. Like nature, after every heavy winter, we seek a particular energy. For 90 days, from the 21st of March to the 21st of June, this specific energy, the light of spring, will stimulate the roots underground but also our own roots, deep in our skin, so we can all bloom. However, how can we bloom if we can’t even notice this spring light in an environment that is too bright ?:
The blue light on our screens, the spotlight of our security and surveillance cameras, the intense lighting of greenhouses but also the abundance of digital information,…
90 days of light is an exhibition about a light that tries to define itself, like nature does, in a dazzling environment. Because the concept of light is still a mystery for today’s scientists, Michiko compares the very nature of light with its identity: is light made up of waves? of particles? or both at the same time?
Michiko Van de Velde questions the poetic relationship that has always existed between people and spring light. Rather than playing with the medium of light, her approach is to use her Japanese and Belgian backgrounds as a tool. For her exhibition in the Japanese garden of Hasselt, her artwork integrates and revisits old Japanese kanjis such as the kanji ‘sun’ and ‘spring’. This season is, for her, a reminder of our inner light’s ability to bloom.
The exhibition can be visited from 31 March to 21 July. Access to this exhibition is part of the visit to the Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden in Hasselt can be found at Gouverneur Verwilghensingel 23 in Hasselt and is open from Sunday 31 March 2019 to 3 November 2019. The garden is closed every Monday, but from Tuesday to Sunday it is open from 10.00. to 17.00. The garden can be visited on public holidays from 13.00 to 17.00.
Source: Japanse Tuin Hasselt via VisitHassel.be