As part of Art on Paper and the Brussels Drawing Week, Agathe Bokanowski presents her charcoal drawings, an extension of the Bois de la Cambre, at the residence of the Villa Empain.
Meyboom, the title of the exhibition, refers to a celebration, the oldest tradition in Brussels, whereby on 9 August at dawn a young beech tree is taken from the Bois de la Cambre to be replanted at a specific point in the city. The title therefore refers to a Brussels ‘mythology’, but above all to a tradition that is still very much alive, and to the vast presence of the landscape in today’s urban space.
The ritual of the Meyboom, literally ‘the tree of May’, resonated particularly with her.
Her exhibition is an invitation to rediscover this tradition, and the way in which trees are harvested for replanting, using drawing as a tool.
Through drawings of ferns, foliage and beech groves, the studio opens up a new space and tells the story of the wood behind its walls, its cycles, its festivals and the return of spring.