AMAZONIA is artist Yadegar Asisi’s hyperrealistic interpretation of the diverse geological creations that make up the tropical rainforest, depicted in an incredible level of detail. The cylindrical Panorama takes visitors on a journey through mountainous rainforests and river valleys, clearings and stretches of water, giant trees and an open canyon. From the middle of a dense green cosmos, a variety of exotic inhabitants slowly emerge from the environment, such as vibrantly coloured carnivorous plants, colonies of giant ants and indigenous populations hunting.
Asisi journeyed to the Amazon four times in order to take in the genius loci and develop the concept for the rainforest Panorama, resulting in tens of thousands of photos and countless sketches and watercolours that were used to create the artwork. The immeasurable diversity of the tropics and the complex symbiotic mechanisms of the ecosystem were a central motivation for Asisi. Visitors are immersed in the foreign world of the jungle – aided by a light installation that simulates day and night as well as a cascade of sounds composed especially for the exhibition by Eric Babak.