CARSTEN HOLLER


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My Little Paradise
Midelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
26 May to 15 September 2013

Carsten Höller’s fascination with Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric mushroom, is prompted by its phenomenological and psychoactive properties. He sees it as the source from which shamanism and human culture emerged long before the arrival of the now dominant forms of religion. To Höller, fly agaric symbolizes the possibility of entering that ancient world. Giant Multiple Mushroom is a creation born of division. The artist uses simple formulas or more complex mathematical laws to divide spaces and objects and reassemble them as a new entity.

(c)Middelheimmuseum Antwerp - Photo: Joris Casaer