Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is delighted to present a one-night-only screening of ‘Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’ directed by Thomas Piper.
Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works for New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, and the landscaping scheme for the entire site of Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset location, redefining conceptions of gardens as works of art in and of themselves.
This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work, taking us inside the creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches, to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.
‘For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.’ – Piet Oudolf
‘Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’
Directed by Thomas Piper
Running Time: 75 minutes
In English & Dutch with English subtitles
This event is free, however, reservations are recommended. Click here to register.
About Piet Oudolf
Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design.
Oudolf also co-founded Future Plants, a company specializing in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. Oudolf’s recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Oudolf is also a successful author, having co-written numerous books such as; ‘Planting: A New Perspective’ (2013); ‘Landscapes in Landscapes’ (2011); ‘Gardening with Grasses’ (1998); ‘Designing with Plants and Planting Design’ (1999); “Dream Plants for the Natural Garden” (2000); ‘Planting the Natural Garden’ (2003), and ‘Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space’ (2005). In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim, and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from RIBA for developing radical ideas in Planting Design (2012) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award (2013).
About Thomas Piper
Thomas Piper is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker, specializing in documenting the contemporary arts. He has directed, photographed and edited over 30 films on subjects including the visual artists Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, and Kiki Smith; architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Eisenman, Jeanne Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Thom Mayne, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl; and the writer James Salter.
Thomas is Director of Production for the Checkerboard Film Foundation, responsible for directing, shooting, and editing long-format documentaries on individuals who have made important contributions to the contemporary arts.