Gilles Clément (sold out)

CIVA is pleased to invite you to a talk by Gilles Clément. 
The garden by definition welcomes and protects the idea of the "finest", the most precious, that which allows us to live. The first garden is a source of food. It is enriched with ornamental species admired for their beauty in all seasons. Under Persian and Hispano-Moorish influences, the garden of the Western world was transformed into an architectural work of art charged with cosmological symbols. The classical European garden inherited this historical charge before giving way to a romantic approach to the landscape and then to exoticism and the "free" garden integrating spontaneous species.
Where are we today?
Is the garden an architectural structure, a plant collection or a place to live?
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Rue de l’Ermitage 55
1050 Brussels


Talk in French. 

Since the beginning of the 70's Gilles Clément has designed and created gardens for private clients in France and abroad. In 1977 he ceased this activity to devote himself to public space and founded the Atelier Acanthe in 1985. In 2000, he became an independent artist and organized his services in partnership with landscape architects, in particular Coloco in Paris.

The concept of "Garden in Movement", born from an experimentation in his own garden in Creuse finds its implementation in public space for the first time in the Parc André Citroën in 1986. The book bearing the same name was published in 1991. Numerous works will follow (more than twenty), some approaching other important concepts: Le Jardin Planétaire (exhibition at La Villette in 1999/2000), Le Tiers-Paysage (2003), translated into several languages.

The traveling exhibition Toujours la vie invente, created in 2013 in Saint-Benoît du Sault, installed at the Centre Culturel de rencontre de Noirlac (2014) then at the school of architecture Paris Val de Seine(2015), at the biennial of contemporary art of Melle (2015), at the art center of Meyrin in Geneva (2016), at the park of Trévarez in Brittany (2017) is presented in Lausanne in 2019.

Several prizes consecrate his work, including the "Grand prix du paysage" in 1998.

The Parc André Citroën (in co-design), the Domaine du Rayol in the Var, the Jardins de l'Arche in Nanterre, the Jardin de Valloires in the Somme, the Parc Matisse in Lille, the garden of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, the roof of the Base sous-marine de Saint Nazaire (Jardin du Tiers-paysage) are some of the most well-known projects.

Currently: realization of the gardens of the Abbey of Noirlac. Implementation of the Vivienne garden for the BNF in Paris. Implementation of the "Immense Circle" at the Royal Saltworks of Arc et Senans.

He taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Versailles from 1980 to 2012, and in 2011/12 he taught at the Collège de France as part of the Chair of Artistic Creation. He also continued to work as a temporary teacher in the form of workshops in Italy, Spain and France.

Author of about thirty books including Le jardin en mouvement, the Manifeste du Tiers-Paysage and Jardin planétaire.

In October 2020 l'Effaceur is published by Sens et Tonka.
In April 2021 Notre Dame des Plantes is published by Bayard.