Installations and multi-media works

Red on Green

Anya Gallaccio

Red on Green

10,000 fragrant tea roses

1992

HC 12009

Exhibited

Anya Gallaccio, Red on Green, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, 1992

Le Jardin de la Vierge, Musée Instumental, Brussels, 1993

Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2002 - 2003

Turning Points: 20th Century British Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran. 2004
of the Garden, Tate Britain, 2004

The Flower of Life, James Hyman Gallery, London, 2007

Red on Green, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012

Anya Gallaccio. Red on Green, Centre Pompidou, Metz, 2013 (installed off-site at Basilique Saint-Vincent, Metz)

Anya Gallaccio. Now. Scottish National Galleries, 2019

Red on Green is Anya Gallaccio's most famous work and has been extensively exhibited across the world. It was one of the first artworks acquired by the Hyman Collection in the 1990s.

It consists of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses. Ten thousand red roses are presented in a rectangle on a bed of their stalks. The title references the abstraction of Mark Rothko, whilst the passage of time transforms a symbol of romance into a memento mori. When first installed the work is a lush sea of red but over time the roses blacken and shrivel. A traditional vanitas subject is given an epic, contemporary remake.

Anya Gallaccio

Red on Green

10,000 fragrant tea roses

1992

HC 12009

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