Beuys’ Acorns: Trees on tour

France, 2015

Radical Action Reaction
October – December 2015
Produced by N.A! Fund

One hundred and twelve trees grown from acorns collected from Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Oaks make a road tour across six French cites in advance of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, December 2016. Partners in each city host the trees and conduct live public discussions with the artists and invited guests through an extraordinary network of citywide partners:

Bordeaux / Partner: Ville de Bordeaux 5 – 16 October
Le Jardin Botanique, le Musée des Beaux-arts, le CAPC Musée d’Art contemporain, CAPC Sciences, le Muséum d’Histoire naturelle, les Bibliotèques, Le Musée D’Aquitaine, le Musée Direction de la lecture publique, Le Goethe-Institut

Nantes / Partner: La Cité le Centre des Congrès de Nantes 19 – 24 October
“Green Week” K-Nopee, Nantes Métropole, Terra 21, le Lieu Unique.

Mulhouse / Partner: La Filature Scène Nationale 2 – 7 November
La Kunsthalle, HEAR Haute école des arts du Rhin, le Parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhouse
Lyon / Partner: Le Goethe Institut 9 – 13 November
Exhibition at Subsistances (Laboratoire International de Création Artistique)

Nice / Partner: La Station 16 – 26 November
Collaboration with Villa Arson

Versailles / Partner: Ville de Versailles 30 November – 6 December
L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage, Potager du Roi, Le Centre INRA de Versailles, la Maréchalerie

Action. The tree ceremony
3 – 6 December 2015
Produced by ArtCOP21

A symbolic staged event at the Musée national d’Histoire naturelle and Jardin des Plantes, Paris during the opening week of COP21. Framing the tree as ‘actor’ in an urban drama of increasing city temperatures, damaging flood waters, polluted air and bio-diversity loss, an evergreen oak holds centre-stage as impetus to green cities and towns world-wide. Throughout the two weeks of the climate convention, a series of plantings of Beuys’ Acorn trees will take place across France and Paris.

2016 – 2020
A series of interventions, exhibitions, displays, performances, public talks initiated by the network of partners involved in Radical/Action phases.