Tropical Modernism: Revisited

December 5, 2023 through January 20, 2024 (Tuesday – Fridays)

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entrance at 3:00 p.m.)

The Kampong

Based for many years in Coconut Grove, the artist Lisa Remeny, who studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (later the California College of the Arts), first visited The Kampong in 1996. For this lover of nature whose art has long documented — and celebrated — the spectacular colors, textures, forms, and ever-changing wonders of plant life, her discovery of the garden was deeply impactful and formative.

“It became my personal reference library, my refuge, and a place I longed to endlessly explore,” Remeny recalls. “The Kampong never ceases to inspire me.”

The works on view in Remeny’s new exhibition at The Kampong—titled Tropical Modernism: Revisited—reflect the insight, the sensitivity, and the passion of an artist who has become deeply rooted in her community and who continues to make inspiring discoveries in the lush environment she calls home. Come along with Lisa Remeny, into the garden.

Young Bamboo (Onward and Upward) by Lisa Remeny

Visitors to The Kampong can enjoy the Tropical Modernism: Revisited exhibit included in the price of admission for a garden tour. Parking is limited and online reservations are strongly encouraged. Reservations can be made via our online booking site. Email for additional information.

Left: Magnificent Morning by Lisa Remeny. Right: Lisa Remeny

More about Lisa Remeny

Over the years, Remeny has developed a distinctive mode of depicting the natural environment around her; it is at once a way of looking at the world and of image-making that may be thought of as her own mode of “Tropical Modernism”. The interests, influences, and technical experiments that have helped shape her sensibility and artistic vision have included jazz music (visitors to Remeny’s studio will find her bopping to the rhythms of John Coltrane and Miles Davis); her admiration of the sure, expressive lines of such pioneering modernist draftsmen as Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, and David Hockney (she still remembers the impact of a Hockney master class at her art school); and the years she spent living and working in Jamaica in the 1980s.

“I fell in love with the Caribbean,” Remeny observes, noting, “My time in Jamaica expanded my knowledge and understanding of the history, cultures, societies, and rich artistic expressions of the region. That experience and my ongoing travels continue to inform my thinking, my outlook, and my art.”

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