From May to September, 4 enormous sculptures will be on display in the Château des Baux-de-Provence. More than five metres high and weighing over 400 kilos, each of these sculptures with their giant heads were inspired by The Seasons paintings executed by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1583).
Whether working on a painting, sculpture, or film, Philip Haas is fascinated by the idea of transforming the scale of the elements that modify the viewer’s perspective. Winter was the first sculpture exhibited in 2010 and 2011 in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and the gardens of the Château of Versailles.
Since 2012, Philip Haas’s Four Seasons have moved from one exceptional site to another. In 2016, they were exhibited at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville (Arkansas), followed by the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington DC. Once they have returned from the United States they will be exhibited together in the Château des Baux-de-Provence.
Philip Haas, born in 1954, is a contemporary American artist and film-maker. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation for his documentaries on artists such as Gilbert and George, David Hockney, the Aboriginal painters of Australia, and the gravestone carvers of Madagascar. In 1995, he was nominated at the Cannes Film Festival for his feature film Angels and Insects.