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- Forthcoming: expected Spring/Summer 2021. You can pre-order this title in our webshop. Once the book is published, we will dispatch your order. 

Editor: Laurie Cluitmans
Contributors: Marieke Barnas, Laurie Cluitmans, Liesbeth Helmus, Erik de Jong, Rene de Kam, Alhena Katsof, Jamaica Kincaid, Catriona Sandilands, Patricia de Vries
Design: Bart de Baets

June 2021, Valiz in collaboration with Centraal Museum, Utrecht | supported by Creative Industries Fund NLStichting Jaap Harten FondsDe Gijselaar-Hintzenfonds NLdr. Hendrik Mullerfonds | Pb | ca. 240 pp. | 32 x 24 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-00-3 | € 29,90

Laurie Cluitmans (b. 1984, NL) works as a curator of contemporary art for the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and is also an independent art critic. In 2016 she received the Prize for Young Art Criticism for her essay on the garden by Derek Jarman and Ian Hamilton Finlay.


On the Necessity of Gardening tells the story of the garden as a rich source of inspiration. Over the centuries, artists, writers, poets and thinkers have each described, depicted and designed the garden in different ways. In medieval art, the garden was a reflection of paradise, a place of harmony and fertility, shielded from worldly problems. In the eighteenth century this image tilted: the garden became a symbol of worldly power and politics. The Anthropocene, the era in which man completely dominates nature with disastrous consequences, is forcing us to radically rethink the role we have given nature in recent decades. There is a renewed interest in the theme of the garden among contemporary makers. It is not a romantic desire that drives them, but rather a call for a new awareness of our relationship with the earth. Through many different essays and an extensive abecedarium, On the Necessity of Gardening reflects on the garden as a metaphor for society.