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Alan Sonfist’s art can be interpreted as a kind of “ecological archaeology”. In his works, he deals with the history of a given place, the question of the memory preserved in it, and the dialogue between the present and the past. In his landscape-designed environments, which function as time capsules, in his performances and social interventions, and in the natural requisites that he re-contextualises in exhibition halls, Sonfist strives to convey a symbolic message which, he hopes, will enable future generations to restore the natural microclimate of their habitat.
Alan Sonfist’s art has lost none of its relevance even after half a century. His works offer a foothold from which to answer some increasingly urgent questions, such as how to resolve the ethical tasks inherent in restoring the harmony between natura naturans (nature creating) and natura naturata (nature already created), or the problem of assuming social responsibility towards our environment.
Works by the artist can be found in the collections of some of the most important global museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and the Whitney Museum, all in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Princeton University Museum and the Ludwig Museum, Aachen.
Márton Orosz, PhD
curator of the exhibition