Encountering Beauty: Wood

Today we’ll be talking about wood – a material that is in a sense very ordinary but which has been made extraordinary by artists from many different cultures, and for thousands of years. It has been carved and turned, joined and inlaid, polished and painted – and in many cases, its endurance against the odds has lent it a fragile preciousness that only adds to the sense of wonder that it inspires.

Featuring Patrick Mestdagh, whose gallery in Brussels presents objects from outside Europe – from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas; and Sarah Vanwelden of the Dutch gallery, workshop and upholstery studio Morentz, which specialises in mid-century furniture.
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