Between contemporary art and scientific collection
With this study, the Dutch artist herman de vries*, a trained botanist, wished to pay homage to Simon-Jude Honnorat, the Digne-born scientist who studied the flora of the region, geology, fossils and insects, and, in 1848, published the first dictionary of the Provençal language, thanks to which de vries found the 1,200 names of plants used for writing lou camp prouvençau. Two of Honnorat’s historical herbaria (around 1800) are in the middle of the space. On the walls, a herbarium of 111 plants gathered by herman de vries in Faillefeu forest, of which Honnorat drew up the inventory, framed in individual formats that reflect herman de vries’s philosophy on the unity of the living world. Each plant is thus presented like a portrait.
* We comply with the artist’s wish to not use capital letters in his name, in order to show his opposition to all forms of hierarchy.