Flowers for Aline
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 AM 4:00 PM
Ends Apr 28, 2024
Hollyhock House will host Flowers for Aline, a special exhibition of 45 fresh-flower works by the Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch. With dynamic arrangements featuring spring’s finest blooms, the installation will transform Frank Lloyd Wright’s “garden house,” designed in 1921 for the visionary arts patron Aline Barnsdall, who gifted the landmark site to the people of Los Angeles nearly a century ago. Curated by Hollyhock House director Abbey Chamberlain Brach and architect and Ikebana artist Ravi GuneWardena, the expressive arrangements will introduce bold forms and textures, bringing nature indoors and further showcasing the influence of Japanese art and design on Hollyhock House—built simultaneously with Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Works will be installed both inside and out—activating terraces gardens, spilling from cast concrete planter boxes, and responding to Wright’s artful interiors. For the first time since the site’s 2022 reopening, the child’s bedroom will be on view as part of this special exhibition with six ikebana works in this space alone. On Saturday, April 20, 2-4 pm, four high-ranking Sogetsu masters and their students will present ikebana demonstrations free to the public in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. While ikebana is a centuries-old artform, the Sogetsu School was established in 1927, challenging traditions of ikebana and celebrating freedom of individual expression.