36. Damien Hirst: Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms, is the latest series of paintings by Damien Hirst. A continuation of his career-long investigation into painting, the artist reinterprets, with playful irony, the traditional subject of landscape painting as well as the great artistic movements of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Impressionism to Action Painting. Hirst practices the dual means of representation and abstraction in painting to explore not only the nature of the medium but also its conceptual and historical implications. While these two modes of working are sometimes characterised in oppositional terms, he has embraced both, bridging the two worlds together. Having avoided and rejected the painting medium for most of his early career, the artist tuned in to an inner admiration for- and romanisation of the traditional craft. DSQBL pays homage to Hirst and his cherry blossom paintings, by creating a floral arrangement that aims to capture the soft, fragile and poetic essence of the tantalising pink tree. All the while using florals rather than paint.

Place in rather narrow vase with lukewarm water. Cut stems and refresh water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Damien Hirst, Fantasia Blossom, 2018. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021.
35. Bruce Gilden: Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom, which is available at the Librairie Jeu de Paume, is a collection of photographs made by the US-American reportage photographer Bruce Gilden. It presents mostly hidden sides of Japan: there are no cherry blossom trees or geishas in the artist's photographs. Instead Gilden’s camera focuses on the darker side of Japanese life: gangsters, the dispossessed and the homeless. Each photo shows a close and powerful encounter. Looking at flowers, enjoying their ephemeral blooms and celebrating the blossoming of different flowers are popular activities in Japan. Meanwhile, Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, has arrived in the West. In contrast to Western bouquets, its forms are usually asymmetrical and reduced to a few varieties. Often, however, these western Ikebana interpretations neglect that every flower has a meaning; some of it positive, some of it not. DSQBL has tried its hand at arranging a bouquet inspired by the Ikebana technique. A bouquet that may be beautiful at first glance, but the flowers used have a darker meaning behind them and thus give an answer to Gilden's photographs, which also break with stereotypes and clichés.

Place in narrow vase with a minimal amount of cold water. Add a bit of water every day.

︎Vase included.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Bruce Gilden, Cherry Blossom, 2021 © Bruce Gilden and Atelier EXB.
34. É Noite na América
É Noite na América is a film by Ana Vaz Tulips, which served as an inspiration for this floral arrangement consisting exclusively of tulips. Having found their way from Asia via Turkey to Central Europe, tulips are today one of the most popular garden flowers. In the 17th century, the trading of precious tulip bulbs boomed in the Netherlands, making some very rich and others poor. While to this day more and more cultivated colour and shape varieties are emerging, wild tulip species are severely threatened in their existence. DSQBL dedicates a bouquet consisting of various tulips to the current exhibition Traveaux en Course, which shows cinematic works that are still in progress. Currently, visitors are given an insight into the film É Noite na América by Ana Vaz. Filmed in the zoo of Brasilia, home to hundreds of wild animal species from all over the world or animals that were rescued from the city. In the form of poems, archive material, personal stories and testimonies, the film develops into an illusionistic diorama in which we, as zoo visitors and film viewers, see and are seen. The film deconstructs traditional views and confronts us with the bizarre reality of our tendency to collect, confiscate and own what isn’t ours. While there is much more behind the fascinating, decorative character of the tulips, this composition examines the increasingly blurring lines of its origin, questioning our avid habits to gather all that exists in one place, with all the consequences that entail.

Place in narrow vase with cold water in indirect sunlight. Cut stems and refresh water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Ana Vaz, “É Noite na América”, 2021 © Ana Vaz.
33. Loire
Loire was the main study of Thibaut Cuisset between 2001 and 2010, as part of his research into the French countryside and landscape during which he photographed the Loire and its immediate surroundings. Producing a series of photographs taken at regular intervals along the river that plays an important role for the photographer, as it is the natural source that shapes the surrounding country. Through his work, Cuisset aims to create images that he believes to be the most accurate representations possible. As a response to this approach, DSQBL created a wild floral arrangement consisting of florals that naturally grow in the Loire region, to pay homage to the great geographical, seasonal, chromatic and luminous diversity of the landscape. By exclusively using floral species that are native to the region and that have not been artificially manipulated in the growing process, this composition aims to redirect our gaze to the natural, everyday landscapes that we no longer seem to see.

Place in spacious vase with cold water in direct sunlight. Cut stems and refresh water every two days.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Thibaut Cuisset, “Canal de la Martinière, Loire-Atlantique", 2004 © ADAGP, courtesy Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.
32.  Cloud Physics
Cloud Physics raises the question: what is our relationship to our environment? The American photographer Terri Weifenbach examines this by observing with acuity the perpetual changes of a nature that we often neglect. Her lens captures the rapid variations of light, fumes, and humidity: the clouds thicken, take on golden hues, the plant world rustles with moisture, the presence of animals is revealed in the hollow of a wood. Her images show an immanent nature, which allows its mysteries to be revealed on condition that it is approached with attention and curiosity. It reflects the existence of the elaborate network of interconnections in the ecosphere. Inspired by Weifenbach’s body of work, DSQBL created a bouquet consisting of floral species that are linked to the natural
elements and the astrological signs. Every zodiac sign is connected to a natural element and has specific characteristics that connects to certain items in the physical world. Tullips representing fire, roses representing water, eucalyptus representing earth and orchids representing air. Responding to Weifenbach’s attention to natural detail, this floral arrangement aims to show us our connection to nature. From to the mysterious stars shimmering from the faraway sky to the flowers that grow from the soil beneath us.

Place in high vase with lukewarm water in indirect sunlight. Cut stems every day and refresh water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Terri Weifenbach, “Des Oiseaux 9”, 2019, © Terri Weifenbach, Courtesy Galerie Miranda.
31. 1839; Daguerre, Talbot et la publication de la photographie; Une anthologie
1839; Daguerre, Talbot et la publication de la photographie; Une anthologie is an anthology in which Steffen Siegel, professor of the theory and history of photography, traces the historical context of the early reception of photographs. The reader discovers the multitude of motives and interests, expectations and promises, hopes and fears that were associated with this new medium at the time it was unveiled to the public. As a tribute to this book, DSQBL creates a bouquet based specifically on foliage and a few individual flowers. In doing so, DSQBL refers to William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), a protagonist of early photography discussed in Siegel's book, who pointed his camera at plants and flowers early on. However, Talbot and other scientists encountered a problem when doing so: the calotype negative material is for green light, making the capture of leafy greens a difficult subject. In the photograph "A Bush of Hydrangea in Flower", however, Talbot cleverly manipulated this characteristic to achieve a very pictorial photography: The foliage framing the hydrangea bush acts as a dark background from which the bright flowers stand out.

Place in spacious vase with cold water in direct sunlight. Cut stems and refresh water every two days.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
William Henry Fox Talbot, “A Bush of Hydrangea in Flower”, 1842 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Bequest of Maurice B. Sendak, 2012).
30. Tout le monde est un artiste mais seul l'artiste le sait
Tout le monde est un artiste mais seul l'artiste le sait was the title of the current exhibition at the Centre Pompidou by French artist Pierre Bismuth who is perhaps best known as a screenwriter and an artist preoccupied with the moving image. Bismuth is fascinated with the transfer of images from one medium to another, and delights in the hiccups between them. In earlier works, Bismuth traced the movement of an actress’ hand on a piece of plexiglass for the duration of a film or scene. He then inverted the plexiglass and framed it overlying a still from the same film. The resulting effect is a long-exposure photograph where the movement of the hand is recorded in a sinuous, meandering marker line over the motionless visage of the actress captured on the film still. To respond to this, DSQBL created an arrangement containing a floral centre piece that is obstructed by the lines of curly Willow branches. The still life remains frozen in the centre, as if in the eye of a hurricane, while the branches seem to swirl around it. Through this composition, DSQBL aims to create a contrast between stasis and dynamic motion, referring to one of the many aspects within the work of Bismuth.

Place in high, narrow vase. Refresh water with cold water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Pierre Bismuth, “Following the Right Hand of Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box", 2009 © the artist and Team Gallery.
29. Chauvet, l'aventure intérieure
Chauvet, l'aventure intérieure is a bouquet that aims to provoke the imagination, referring to French artist Philippe Durand, whose recently published book Chauvet, l'aventure intérieure shows the photographic results of the artist's many visits to the Chauvet caves in southern France. Using colored glass filters, flashes, and multiple exposures, Durand has created photographs that do not soberly document the cave, which contains a multitude of 30,000-year-old wall drawings, but create a non-objective space of representation: a pictorial construct that presents a vague, dreamlike image of the cave by superimposing the painted signs onto the mineral structures. Looking at the photographs, are we witnessing the cave in its reality or are we witnessing the enchanting remains of what we can only imagine happened in the cave? As the artist himself writes: "the dream is the shortest way between the first Aurignacian humans and us". Like the drawings in the Chauvet cave, their functions and meanings, there is still much to learn from the exploration of the mysteries of the deep. Over 80% of the ocean remains unexplored. With the selection of flowers in this bouquet, DSQBL seeks to create access to these abyssal worlds, from a visual and ultimately imaginative perspective. Our fantasy allows us to explore the constraints of our environment and our reality, to a world of dreams. The dream is perhaps the closest thing we have to the multiple unknowns of our past and present.

Place in any vase with lukewarm water in direct sunlight. Refresh water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Philippe Durand, "Chauvet, l’aventure intérieure 7", 2021 © Galerie Laurent Godin.
28.  Landscapes
Landscapes is a series of spatial installations in which Prix Marchel Duchamp 2021 nominee Isabelle Cornaro deconstructs classical landscapes through minimal and immersive forms. Her most recent installation, which is currently exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in the framework of the prestigious prize, consists of pedestals ranging in size, adorned with everyday objects that are habitual within European culture. The objects are elevated to new statures by their placement on the pedestals and together, the arrangement forms a classical landscape using the established rules. However, when moving around the installation, the spectators gaze is refocused on the decorative objects they support. DSQBL responds to the multidisciplinary artist’s fascinating artistic approach by creating a floral composition that is based on classical floral arranging reminiscent of floral still lives in Baroque paintings. By separating each individual flower from the ensemble that would naturally form a bouquet, the floral arrangement aims to translate the aspect of deconstruction within Cornaro’s work. The bouquets depicted in Baroque paintings consist partially of a combination of flowers that were not able to be combined in these times. This composition was created using flowers that are available throughout the entire year, corresponding with Cornaro’s interest in the relation we have to easily obtained objects.

Place individual flowers in each narrow, magnetic vase. Cut stems and refresh water with cold water every two days.

︎Vases included.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Isabelle Cornaro, "Landscapes" (detail), installation at the Centre Pompidou for the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2021 exhibition.
27. Le supermarché des images
Le supermarché des images, a book available at Jeu de Paume, was the main inspiration for this arrangement. Improved production methods, efficient transportation and ingenious refrigeration technology make flowers more and more easily available and affordable. DSQBL shows a flower creation, which is composed of ready-made bouquets from the three largest French supermarkets. In doing so, parallels can be drawn with the exhibition Supermarché des Images at the Jeu de Paume: a bouquet of flowers, like an image, is very easy to obtain these days, and at the same time, the machinations behind the scenes are becoming increasingly opaque and complex. Producing a photograph or a bouquet of flowers is easier than ever nowadays. And yet, there is a growing distance between ourselves and the snapshot or the bouquets itself, be it in terms of how the image or flower composition was created or, ultimately, in terms of its economics. The book Supermarché des Images, published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the Jeu de Paume, approaches today's overproduction of images and investigates questions about their storage, their management, their transport according to their weight, the fluidity or viscosity of their exchange or their fluctuating values.

Place in medium sized vase. Cut stems and refresh water with lukewarm water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Emmanuel Alloa, Marta Ponsa et Peter Szendy,«Le supermarché des images», 2020 © Gallimard / Jeu de Paume.
26. Anthotype
Anthotype is a centuries-old technique used in the artistic practice of Léa Habourdin, who’s work is featured in the current PALM magazine (published by Jeu de Paume). The French artist describes the technique as a photographic printing process based on the colour change of plant dyes under the influence of light (e.g. UV light). Alcoholic extracts of suitable plant varieties are applied to thick paper that holds the emulsion. What follows next is a long process involving the sun. The areas exposed to light slowly fade, while the areas protected from the light retain their colour. Léa Habourdin's anthotypes create images of nature using materials that directly refer to the subject. As a response to this, DSQBL created this floral composition with typical field flowers similar to the landscapes documented in the works of Habourdin. The colors of these flowers are naturally suitable for the anthotype technique and are often used the in the unique printing process.

Place in high, narrow vase with cold water. Cut stems and refresh water with cold water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Léa Habourdin, “Des mondes en extension”, 2019 © Atelier Fragile, Malakoff.
25. Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe was the sole study of the book L'instinct moderne: ecrits sur Georgia O'Keeffe, which served DSQBL as an inspiration for this bouquet. A floral arrangement that is mostly kept in dark tones while visually following O'Keefe's work Black Iris. Artists, art critics and writers emphasize different perspectives of O’Keeffe’s work. The book, which is currently available at Jeu de Paume, breaks with such canonised interpretations of her work. Since the 1920s, O'Keeffe painted many flowers, especially Calla Lilies and Petunias. By enlarging the flower motif, she emphasised form and colour and drew attention to the subtle details within the flower. For this floral composition, DSQBL uses flowers that one could recognise from the artist's oeuvre. By deliberately using rather unusual colours, the intention is to give the viewer a new perspective on the ordinary, following O'Keefe's overwhelmingly illustrative imagery.

Place in medium sized vase with lukewarm water. Cut stems and refresh water with lukewarm water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Didier Ottinger and Anna Hiddleston, “L'instinct moderne: ecrits sur Georgia O’Keeffe”, 2021 © Centre Pompidou, Paris.
24. Line Involvements
Line Involvements is a body of graphic works by Anni Albers, who was a textile artist and printmaker famous for blurring the lines between traditional craft and art. After a successful weaving career, Albers created her first graphic works in 1964: a suite of seven lithographs titled Line Involvements. Trained at the Bauhaus, the German-American artist based this dark shaded lithograph on her practice as a textile artist and created a thread-like weave with an incised effect. DSQBL pays tribute to the artist and her work with a bouquet that mainly consists of dried Clematis flowers. In doing so, the floral arrangement draws on Albers painterly graphic works characterised by interlaced structures.

Place in medium sized vase with cold water. Refresh water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)
Anni Albers, “IV from Line Involvements”, 1964. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Kleiner, Bell & Co. © 2021 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021, for the digitized image.
23. Quelques secondes avant l’atterrissage
Quelques secondes avant l’atterrissage is based on the adventurous, spectacular and, above all, exhilarating photographs of Willi Ruge that seem like immediate forerunners of today's Instagram pictures. DSQBL has created a bouquet reminiscent of a parachute that is inspired by the photograph Quelque seconde avant atterrissage by Wili Ruge. Consisting mainly of the Papyrus plant, this floral arrangement contains a crucial element that played a major role in the creation of this photograph. Equipped with a parachute made partially of Papyrus fibres, Willi Ruge threw himself out of a plane over Berlin and snapped a self-portrait shortly before landing. The result of which was to become an icon of early adventure photography.

Place in high, narrow vase with cold water. Refresh water every day and cut stems every two days.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Wili Ruge, “Quelques secondes avant l’atterrissage”, 1931, from the “I Photograph Myself Parachuting” series. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021, for the digitized image.
22. Florence Henri
Florence Henri was the main inspiration for this floral arrangement. The multi-faceted artist who’s portrait made by Lucia Moholy is currently exhibited in the exhibition Chefs-d’oeuvre photographiques du MoMA at Jeu de Paume, used mirrors as a crucial element to capture multiple viewpoints and to break away from central perspective. Florence Henri played with reality and reflections as well as spatial relationships and intersections. With this floral arrangement, DSQBL tries to step into the mind of the established artist in order to examine traditional flower arranging from a new perspectival angle.

Place in large vase in indirect sunlight. Refresh water with cold water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Lucia Moholy, “Florence Henri”, 1927, © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Collection Thomas Walther. Don de Thomas Walther. © 2021 Lucia Moholy Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021, for the digitized image.
21. In India
In India by Mitch Epstein Inspired this floral arrangement consisting mainly of Marigold flowers, which bear significant meaning in Hinduism. Associated mostly with deities Vishnu, Lakshmi and Ganesha, Marigold flowers represent the sun, symbolizing brightness and positive energy. In India, which is currently available at the Jeu de Paume librairie, offers a unique perspective of two separate worlds coming together: that of the initiate and that of the spectator. With this bouquet, DSQBL aims to translate the bonding between these two worlds.

Place in medium sized vase indirect sunlight. Refresh water with lukewarm water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Mitch Epstein, “In India", 2021, © Steidl
20. 1078 Blue Skies / 4432 Days
1078 Blue Skies / 4432 Days was a bouquet consisting exclusively of dried flowers and seeds that was dedicated to the same-titled book by Belgian artist Anton Kusters. Over a period of six years, Kusters researched and photographed the blue sky directly above every single site of former concentration or extermination camps that were active during the German Nazi regime in Europe. Nowadays, there’s no visible remains left of half of the camps. But the grounds on which the horrors took place as well as the sky that bore witness, remain the same. Kuster’s book, which is available at the Librairie Jeu de Paume, provides a disturbing look at an intangible trauma that is slowly becoming a fading collective memory. This floral arrangement responds to the work by using flowers that fade- or have faded over time but carry a memory in their seeds that will manifest eternally.

Place in any desired container in indirect sunlight. Spray the bouquet with cold water every other week to keep your dried flowers vivid.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Anton Kuster, “1078 Blue Skies / 4432 Days”, 2021, © KEHRER
19. Essai pour le film Culte vaudou, Exposition 1937
Essai pour le film Culte vaudou, Exposition 1937 was inspired by white Okuyi masks of the Punu people (Gabon) that represent female ancestors from the afterlife. Divine beings who come to the village during important community affairs: at births and passings, crises and reconciliations. One of these masks served photographer Maurice Tabard as a motif for his work Solarisation au masque Punu. It is not conclusively known whether Tabard considered the meaning of the mask when he took his photograph or if the female figure in the picture even represents a supernatural being. As a response to this, DSQBL created this bouquet consisting mainly of pincushion proteas, whose colour pigments are used to paint the wooden masks. The floral arrangement aims to draw attention not so much to Tabard’s photography but to the contex- tualisation of African art in a Western context, which has often been neglected throughout history and still is to this day.

Place in high narrow vase in direct sunlight. Refresh with cold water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Maurice Tabard, "Essai pour le film Culte vaudou, Exposition 1937", 1936, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Collection Thomas Walther. Gift of Shirley C. Burden, on by exchange © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021
18. United States Lines
United States Lines: “Sitting next to pink carnations, yellow chrysanthemums and long lasting greeneries similar to those present in this floral arrangement, surrealist painter Mr. Max Ernst and Mrs. Ernst enjoyed specialties from five continents, including caviar from Iran, pheasant from Scotland, tender American steak and fine French wines.”

DSQBL created this bouquet inspired by the advertisement for cruise ship company United States Lines featuring Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. By providing little to no more information other than the connection with celebrity artists, DSQBL refers to the collection of advertisements as seen in the book ADS by Pierre Leguillon, in which various artists pose for various brands. ADS is currently available in Librairie Yvon Lambert as well as Jeu de Paume.

Place in high, narrow vase in direct sunlight. Refresh water with cold water every day.
Created for Yvon Lambert (France)

Advertisement for United States Lines, Holiday Magazine, 1959, © Museum of Mistakes
17. Portrait De Groupe Au Retardateur 1991
Portrait de groupe au retardateur 1991 was inspired by the recent article “A short imaginary phenomenology of the photobomb” in the by Jeu de Paume initiated magazine Palm. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the photobomb is the phenomenon of “a photograph that has been spoiled by the unexpected appearance of an unintended subject in the camera's field of view as the picture was taken”. To translate this, DSQBL created a seemingly traditional bouquet with a rather unexpected element added. Composed using mainly local flowers and greeneries that are native to central European soil, this floral arrangement contains an unusual guest appearance from a region unfamiliar to Europe’s landscapes. In times where easy acces to worldwide flora blurs the origin of floral species, this arrangement invites the viewer to recognise and reflect on what is- and isn’t domestic, with all the consequences that entails.

Place in high, narrow vase in indirect sunlight. Refresh water with lukewarm water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Francky Stadelmann, “Portrait de groupe au retardateur 1991”. Image sent to the "Fautographique" competition, 1991 (Bibiliothèque nationale de France, 1991), reproduced with the kind permission of the author.
16. Les Chiffonniers De Paris
Les Chiffonniers De Paris by Antoine Compagnon (currently available at Jeu de Paume), formed the base of this floral arrangement. With a sack slung over their shoulder and a stick in their hand, the chiffonnier collected and salvaged used rags from the streets of Paris. These vile rags were sold to paper manufacturers, who used the raw material to manifest our precious knowledge and leisure into luxurious libraries. Inspired by Les Chiffonnier de Paris, DSQBL created this floral composition consisting entirely of roses. Both a symbol for the chic and the kitsch, the ambivalent rose remains one of the best selling flowers that many love to hate, or hate to love. Accessible to almost everyone, the rose bridges the gap between the privileged and the unprivileged and, like paper, contains the ability to function as a blank canvas for a variety of messages.

Place in wide, narrow vase filled with floral foam in indirect sunlight. Add fresh, cold water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Antoine Compagnon, “Les Chiffonniers des Paris”, 2017, © Éditions Gallimard-NRF
15. Travaux En Cours
Travaux En Cours, the current exhibition at Jeu de Paume, brings to light the creative process of three filmmakers as they create new productions. Inspired by the vulnerable transparency of these processes, DSQBL created a bouquet consisting of flowers with unopened buds, whose colours, textures and overall anatomy only reveal themselves over the course of time. The obscure, opening buds are analogous to the artists Noëlle Pujol, Ana Vaz and Ben Rivers, who share exciting moments with the public that are central to the creative process but normally remain hidden.

Place in low vase with narrow opening in direct sunlight. Refresh water with cold water each day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Noëlle Pujol, “Boum ! Boum !”, 2021, © The artist
14. Dragobete
Dragobete by Mircea Cantor is the latest addition to the Pli Selon Pli collection by Librairie Yvon Lambert. Dedicated to the festive Romanian holiday that is associated mainly with togetherness, the Romanian-born artist reminds us that love is forever, we are temporary. An arrangement made with a base of traditional flowers that represent love and romance. Protruding from the base are floral accents that are native to Romanian soil, symbolising the individual for whom love can take on many shades. As modern values have replaced the more traditional expressions of the past, this bouquet acts as a simple homage to the need for love in our lives.

Place in high, narrow vase in indirect sunlight. Refresh water every other day.

Created for Yvon Lambert (France)
Mircea Cantor, “Dragobete 24”, 2021, © The artist
13. IX. Cul-De-Lampe
IX. Cul-De-Lampe is inspired by the book Baudelaire, l’art contre l’ennui by Stéphane Guégan, which is newly offered by Librairie Jeu de Paume. This essay, without separating the poet from the journalist, re-examines Baudelaire’s deflagration and how it still continues today. Inspired by Baudelaire and his Les Fleurs Du Mal, DSQBL created this floral arrangement based on Odilon Redon’s etching that accompanies the famous volume. The floral composition emphasises the gloomy side of the celebrated sunflower whose blossom is reminiscent of an eye (a recurring motif in Redon's oeuvre). The sunflower’s bright colours stand for light and brightness, while at the same time, its posture and movements are symbolic for melancholy and darkness, when the sun has sunken beneath the horizon.

Place in high, narrow vase in direct sunlight. Refresh water every day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)

Odilon Redon, “IX. Cul-de-lampe”, 1891, © Kröller-Müller-Museum
12. Summer Camp
Summer Camp was created with a focus on floral arrangements with alternative architectures. DSQBL created this multi-layered floral composition stimulated by the work of artist Jean-Charles Blais. The famous French artist, who is currently exhibiting at Librairie Yvon Lambert, paints on the back of torn off posters which, due to his creative interventions, are given a new artistic lease of life. His multi-layered arrangements contain accidental frames and folded structures, which arise in the tearing process. Through this bouquet, DSQBL aims to respond to the spontaneity of Blais’ creative process, that offers a unique perspective on the materiality of the picture space.

Place in low, narrow vase in indirect sunlight. Refresh water with lukewarm water every two days.
Created for Yvon Lambert (France)

Jean-Charles Blais, exhibition view of “Summer Camp”, 2021 © Yvon Lambert Bookshop
11. Étudiantes Des Ateliers De Tissage Du Bauhaus
Étudiantes Des Ateliers De Tissage Du Bauhaus was inspired by the work and legacy of Bauhaus master Gunta Stölzl. Stölzl was a German textile artist who played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school's weaving department as it transitioned from individual pictorial works to modern industrial designs. In this floral arrangement, DSQBL used the classical shape of a traditional bouquet, while rejecting the hierarchy of standard flower arranging. The composition is flat, like tapestry, allowing the natural structures of the individual flowers to create patterns reminiscent of the weave techniques that made Stölzl a household name.

Place in narrow vase in indirect sunlight. Refresh water with lukewarm water every other day.
Created for Jeu de Paume (France)


Charlotte Beese, “Sans titre (étudiantes des ateliers de tissage du Bauhaus, Dessau)”, 1928, © The Museum of Modern Art, New-York
10. The Colors of Noise
The Colors of Noise is a bouquet inspired by the newest issue of Les Others magazine, which is dedicated to sound and listening. As an hommage to the listening ear, this floral arrangement is composed exclusively with the colors of noise. In audio engineering, there’s a wide variety of noise colors, each with its own unique properties, that are used to produce music and sound. Volume 13 of the magazine speaks of a new, revolutionary era, in which it’s time for us to open our ears wide and listen.

Cut stems at sharp angle every three days and place in high, narrow vase in indirect  sunlight.Refresh water every two days.
Private comission (France)

Image by Mwchalmers for Creative Commons, The Colors of Noise, 2015.
09. Späte Sommerzeit Grüsst Herbstbriefschreiber
Späte Sommerzeit Grüsst Herbstbriefschreiber was inspired by same titled painting by Karl Uelliger. The floral arrangement is a collection of colorful flowers containing the rich color palet of sun-up and sun-down. A seasonal assembly referring to the bitter sweet transition from summer to fall.

Place in narrow, high vase in direct sunlight. Refresh water and clean vase every day.

︎Vase included.
Private commission (Switzerland)
Karl Uelliger, "Späte Sommerzeit Grüsst Herbstbriefschreiber", 1984, © The artist
08. Blót 1
Blót 1 is a classical, unaltered bouquet inspired by the installation by Marit Westerhuis. Plants which were already native to Europe long before the development of mankind and have not changed until today dominate this flower bouquet. The composition is inspired by Marit Westerhuis, whose impressive installation Blót 1 is based on extensive research into the relationship between earth, mankind and technology.

Place in spacious vase with cold water in indirect sunlight. Refresh with cold water every other day.
Private commission (Netherlands)
Marit Westerhuis, “Blót 1", 2019, © The artist, Rijksakademie (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam)
07. Between Light
Between Light by Children Of The Light (shown at Oude Kerk) inspired this bouquet. The floral composition aims to illustrate the classical, architectural elements of a church. Arranged using mostly flowers with a religious context, the bouquet evokes a sensation of movement. Physically, as well as spiritually.

Place in high, narrow vase out of direct sunlight. Refresh with cold water every other day.
Private commission (Netherlands)
Children Of The Light, "Between Light", 2019, © The artists and Oude Kerk (Photo: Peter Tijhuis, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam)
06. Sanctum
Sanctum, commissioned by Het Hem, was inspired by Levi van Veluw’s Sanctum and composed based on the characteristics of an altar. Using elements of elevation, the elegant, rising structure of the bouquet seems to reach for the sky. An almost holy composition that refers to a sanctuary. A safe haven. Calm and peaceful.

Place in high, narrow vase with lukewarm water in indirect sunlight. Refresh water every two days.
Commissioned by Het Hem (Netherlands)
Levi van Veluw, "Sanctum", 2019, © The artist, Het Hem and Tenuta Dello Scompiglio (Photo: Levi van Veluw, Het Hem, Zaandam)
05. Untitled (White Glitter)
Untitled (White Glitter) is a unique bouquet inspired by Ann Veronica Janssens’ Untitled (White Glitter). The visual aspect of Janssens’ work reminds the viewer of motion, like an ocean wave. Thus the floral arrangement consists of soft, delicate flowers that reference colors and organisms found in oceans and their surroundings.

Place in small open vase with luke-warm water, out of direct sunlight. Refresh water every two days.
Private commission (Belgium)
Ann Veronica Janssens, "Untitled (White Glitter)", 2016, © The artist and Bortolami New York (Photo: Peter Cox, De Pont Museum, Tilburg) 
04. Bestiari
Bestiari was commissioned by Mister Motley and was inspired by Bestiari by Albert Merino. The composition brings together ornamental, wild plants growing in the streets of Amsterdam and greenhouse bred species. High-performance floral species, often genetically manipulated, now dominate the supply of most flower shops and contribute to the loss of biodiversity. Even the outdoor environment is increasingly dominated by manipulated varieties, and in the future it will become more and more difficult to distinguish between the natural and the artificial.

A wild and unpredictable bouquet. Place in spacious, high vase in direct sunlight. Refresh water and clean vase every day.
Commissioned by Mister Motley (Netherlands)
Albert Merino, "Bestiari", 2018, © The artist (Photo: Albert Merino, videostill)
03. Still Life
Still Life is a bouquet, commissioned by Het Hem for Lynk & Co as a sign of gratitude for a fruitful collaboration, that was inspired by Still Life by RAAAF, which is one of the permanent works installed at Het Hem. This bouquet is a floral still life that fuses the past with the present and holds the future within. The viewer is encouraged to revisit what was considered lost and to see potential of the old within the new.

A bouquet suitable for the fall season, consisting entirely of dry flowers. Place in high, narrow vase (without water) in indirect sunlight.

︎Vase included.
Commissioned by Het Hem (Netherlands)

RAAAF, “Still Life”, 2019, © The artist, Het Hem. (Photo: C. Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Het Hem, Zaandam)

02. Exit Strategy (Diet Mountain View)
Exit Strategy (Diet Mountain View) is simultaniously a joyful and imaginative bouquet as well as a dysmal and dark one. Inspired by Friederich Kunath’s Exit Strategy (Diet Mountain View), this composition holds a mixture of real and fake flowers. A celestial atmosphere containing the mercurial colors of the sky.

Place in spacious vase with luke-warm water in direct sunlight. Refresh water every other day.
Private commission (Germany)
Friedrich Kunath, "Exit Strategy (Diet Mountain View)“, 2012, Private Collection, © The artist and BQ, Berlin (Photo: Christie’s)
01. Rûschegg
Rûschegg is a bouquet composed exclusively of wild forest flowers, which have been picked by us personally in the Swiss Alps. Authentic and wild, the floral arrangement embodies the pictorial language of the painting Rüschegg by Franz Gertsch.

Place in narrow vase with somewhat cold water in indirect sunlight. Refresh water every two days.
Private commission (Switzerland)
Franz Gertsch, "Rüschegg", 1988, Collection Albertina Museum, © The artist, Albertina Museum
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