TREES, Nature abused, Château de la Bourdaisière

TREES, Nature abused, Château de la Bourdaisière

In the heart of the Loire Valley, the Château de la Bourdaisière aims to become an example of responsible eco-renovation, an exhibition space dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable development and an experimentation ground for artists concerned with environmental protection.

In this spirit, the exhibition cycle ARBRES is inaugurated this summer, in partnership with the association COAL. Fifteen renowned contemporary artists are invited to use the trees in the park as supports for creating art installations.

Throughout the summer, their work will raise public awareness of the need to protect our environment. “Artistic language is another key to arouse the introspection that men must have on their own action”, confides Louis Albert de Broglie, the owner of the castle. In October, the “ART & NATURE” prize of La Bourdaisière will be awarded to the best work by a jury composed of art and ecology professionals (including the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the ONF, the WWF…)

The TREES trilogy :

2009 : Nature abused by Man
2010 : Nature pe(a)nse its wounds
2011: Imagining the ideal world of the future

The creation of a workshop and an artists’ residence are envisaged in the years to come.

The artists : Hermine Anthoine, Béatrice Arthus-Bertrand for the NFB, Lucie Chaumont, Camille Goujon, Cécile
Granier de Cassagnac, Maryline Pomian for WWF, Sylvain Rousseau, Aligna, Stéphane Thidet, Isabelle Tournoud, Tobias Urell, Clément Willemin, Irina Volkonskii.

Curator of the exhibition entrusted to the association COAL and assured by Lauranne Germond and Audrey Bertounesque.

Partners: Ministry of Sustainable Development, Indre et Loire General Council, WWF, Office National des Forêts, Institut Jardiland, Picto, Ernest Turc, Crédit Agricole, Coal, Galerie Nathalie Béreau, Communauté de Commune de l’Est Tourangeau, Suez Environnement Sita, Menut, Deyrolle

Captions: Stéphane Thidet, Untitled (Reverences)

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.