Paradises of the old South: Historical images of gardens of Andalusia and the Maghreb
Organized by Foundation El Legado Andalusi of Granada, this exhibition looks at historical, formal gardens in Granada, Málaga, Almería, Córdoba and Seville in Spain; Tangier, Chaouen, Fez, Tetouan and Marrakesh in Morocco, and Algiers in Algeria. It approaches these designed, cultivated spaces as cultural witnesses, local interpretations of a regionally shared Hispano-Muslim past, as all of them have, in a variety of ways, changed and evolved over centuries and remain in use today. Original albumen prints, photochromes, books, magazines and antique postcards show their development, and the particularly famous gardens of the Generalife in Granada, the Alcázar Genil in Seville and the Agdal Gardens in Marrakesh are shown with models. Included also are landscape studies by J.C. Forestier, one of the great revivalists of the art of the garden and a passionate admirer of Hispano-Muslim gardens, renowned for his design of the Parque de Maria Luísa in Seville for the International Ibero-American Exposition in 1929.