Albertine Talk: A Gardener’s Journey

Pascal Cribier, A Gardener’s Journey

Talk with Marc Jeanson, Dorothée Imbert, and Jean-Louis Cohen

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Albertine Books

972 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 

Free and open to the public. 

Pascal Cribier was not only one of the most important French landscape gardeners of his generation, but also one of the most influential. He worked on more than one hundred gardens all around the world, ranging from Parisian terraces to a lagoon in Bora Bora, from the Tuileries Gardens to a swamp in Fontainebleau Forest, from an English kitchen garden to an American ranch.

Before his death in November 2015, he prepared the definitive edition of his monograph and did everything he could to prepare an English edition, which was published by Xavier Barral in 2018.

The book treats a variety of subjects, ranging from earth, soil, roots and seeds to pollution, success and failure, the visible and invisible, pleasure, and passion, containing more than 1,000 panoramic photographs taken and commented on by the artist.

Marc Jeanson, curator of the French National Herbarium at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris and founder of The Friends of Pascal Cribier will join Jean-Louis Cohen, architect and historian of urban cultures, and Dorothée Imbert, head of landscape architecture at Ohio State University, to discuss this artist driven by a passion for transient beauty.

Talk organized by the Association des amis de Pascal Cribier with the support of the Anne Fontaine Foundation.

Pascal Cribier was born in 1953. He began his architectural career in 1978 and became a landscape gardener after discovering the world of plant nurseries; he was found more often in the field than in his studio. Major projects include François Nars’ home in Bora Bora, the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, and the garden at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Cribier always referred to himself as a gardener, rather than a landscape architect, in order to acknowledge the spatial limits of gardens and their existence as places where one is absorbed by the contemplation of the ephemeral living. 

Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect and a historian of urban cultures. He holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair in the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts; he has studied French, German, Italisn, Russian, North American, and North African architecutre, considering precise historical situations within the framework of the cultural transfers that relate two or more national scenes. A curator of numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America, he has published more than 30 books.

Dorothée Imbert is the inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair and head of landscape architecture at Ohio State University. She has lectured and written extensively on landscape modernism. In 2016, she organized the international symposium “THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research”at Ohio State’s Knowlton School and Wexner Center for the Arts. Publications include The Modernist Garden in France, Between Garden and City: Landscape Modernism and Jean Canneel-Claes, and Landscape Inventories: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.

Marc Jeanson is a French agronomist and botanist. He has been, since 2013, the curator of the French National Herbarium at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. After exploring several the terrain of different continents, he has become proficient in tropical flora; in 2011, his doctoral thesis focused on palm trees in Southeast Asia. Marc regularly works with various key figures in the world of gardens, and recently co-curated the exhibition “Jardins” at the Grand Palais-Paris in 2017. 

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