Meijer Gardens opens exhibition of Italian artist Paladino

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Posted: Feb 26, 2016 10:42 AM
Meijer Gardens opens exhibition of Italian artist Paladino

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A new exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan features the work of Italian sculptor, painter, printmaker and installation artist Mimmo Paladino, including a massive installation of life-size terra cotta figures and two new works by the artist.

Titled "Mimmo Paladino: Present Into Past," the exhibition includes "Dormienti," or The Sleepers, in the Balk Gallery's main exhibition space. "Dormienti" is composed of 32 life-size terra cotta figures of people that are spread along the gallery floor. Each is shown in a reclined position, as if sleeping.

Paladino's work "continues to unfold with elegance and creativity," Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president of exhibitions and collections, said in a statement.

The show opens on Friday in Grand Rapids and will remain on display until Aug. 14.

Sculptures titled "Crocodiles" will be on display in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Visitors also can see Paladino's large-scale bronze sculpture, "Tana," which was acquired by Meijer Gardens a decade ago and is located near the Sculpture Park's waterfalls.

The exhibition "offers us the opportunity explore iconic works of the past and present," Becherer said.

The two new works include an untitled painting and a calendar named "Months for the Meijer Gardens," which involved about a year of collaboration. The 12-part project was created based on selections and imagery gathered by the institution's horticulture staff.

Using that as a starting point, Paladino created a series of drawings and watercolors. The work is a gift by Paladino to Meijer Gardens.

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