Art and science for a new alliance with nature
Based on an idea and exhibition project by the National Mountain Museum (Museo Nazionale della Montagna “Duca degli Abruzzi”) in Turin, the Tree Time exhibition lends voice to the languages of art for new vision, management and care of trees, woods and forests.
The MUSE – the Science Museum of Trento – is now hosting a new and updated version of this exhibition, exactly two years since storm Vaia, the extreme weather event that devastated entire forests in north-east Italy at the end of 2018.
The name of the exhibition brings the concept of time to the fore. As expressed in the subtitle, time here is interpreted as a moment of evolution, from a phase in which humans have proven to be predators to a new era in which progress, growth and well-being are the fruit of a symbiotic coexistence with nature’s rhythms and processes.
The picture that the exhibition wishes to paint is therefore linked to the future which, we hope, will be characterised by a new empathetic relationship between us and the world we live in.
The exhibition tells its story through five macro-chapters, the historical-scientific contributions for which have been curated by Matteo Garbelotto, director of the Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab at Berkeley and adjunct professor at the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department at the University of California. Visitors can enjoy videos featuring interviews with researchers and experts, providing an opportunity to explore the topics covered in more detail, in addition to the exhibition’s online catalogue.
It is also important to note that a number of the works on display have been created thanks to the collaboration with researches at the MUSE, the University of Turin’s centre of excellence for innovation in the agricultural-environmental field, the Edmund Mach Foundation of Trento and the CMCC – ‘Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change’.
The Zegna Archive, the Cesare Leonardi Archive and the 20th century archive at the ‘Mart’ – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto have also made important contributions.