From May 23 to September 30, four monumental sculptures by Philip Haas will be on display in the Château des Baux-de-Provence. More than five metres high and weighing over 400 kilos, each of the sculptures of the giant heads are inspired by THE FOUR SEASONS paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1583).
Whether working in painting, sculpture, or film, Philip Haas is fascinated by the idea of transforming the scale of individual elements that influences the viewer’s perspective of the piece. WINTER was the first sculpture made in the series and was exhibited in 2010 and 2011 in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and the gardens of the Château of Versailles.
Since 2012, Philip Haas’s complete FOUR SEASONS installation has traveled from one exceptional site to another. In 2016 alone, the sculptures were exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, followed by Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C.
Philip Haas, born in 1954, is a contemporary American artist and film-maker. He has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for his documentaries on artists such as Gilbert and George, David Hockney, Aboriginal ground painters of central Australia, and gravestone carvers of southern Madagascar. He was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his feature film ANGELS & INSECTS.