“Art is the lie that reveals reality.” Jeroen Brouwers - “Culture, considered as a process, means acquiring a vast deal of useless knowledge, and then forgetting it.” Albert Jay Nock - “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.” Douglas Huebler - “In life and in art one has to begin each day anew.” Louis Couperus

Title: Hortus Sanare

Research commissioned by the Haren Botanic Gardens and TAAK, with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund.

HAREN – Since the Hortus Botnicus no longer has its scientific function, these botanic gardens are seeking a new raison d'etre. Under the auspices of the art project 'Lost and Re-found', the Hortus Botanicus invited Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer to investigate whether the hidden and partially forgotten qualities of the botanic gardens could be made visible again. A large group of volunteers cares for the gardens – what does this caring do for them? The Hortus Botanicus in Haren not only offers a safe haven for the plants, but also to the people who work there – that's what Langenberg & De Beer discovered when they camped in the Botanic Gardens as artists in residence. A greenhouse with the inscription Hortus Sanare – sanare is Latin for healing – was the setting for their interview and presentation. The greenhouse served as a temporary 'sanatorium' and was slowly filled with striking statements from volunteers about the work in the gardens and the differences between the world of the garden and the world beyond. The research eventually culminated in the design of the Hortus Hermitage.


RTV Noord (three-part report at 7.20am, 7.50am and 8.20am)
Website TAAK

Website Botanical Gardens, Haren

© Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer