2 October until 15 December 2011
A house is not restricted to the space enclosed by walls. A real house rests on the earth, and in a good house the interior and exterior merge. In western Modernism this is referred to as ‘the penetration of inner and outer space’, but in fact it didn’t require modernism for countless cultures to build their houses around an open inner courtyard — which they have been doing already for centuries if not millennia. Such a garden should incorporate a water element, and two or more gardens are even better than one. The meaning of such a garden didn’t have much to do with religion, at least not any one specific religion. The garden plays a role in virtually every religion. That the interior relates well to the open air around, and that both are important to the piece of world you call home, has to do with life and with respect for the things that surround you. It has to do with the earth as the source of food, with living greenery and with water as vital to all life. And yes, it has to do with notions of death, of being buried and life after death, preferably in some paradise.