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In resonance with nature

Kyoseki shows bonsai and suiseki together, but differently

We see suiseki and bonsai as two sides of the same coin and endeavour to show these two art forms in the best
possible light. The curated exhibition focusses on the artistic presentation according to the Japanese model, Kazari

Overview of the exhibition space.

With Kyoseki our aim is to create deeply felt images of nature, achieving this by carefully combining suiseki, bonsai and other presentation elements based on the Japanese method called Kazari. We teamed up and agreed that all collections available to our six person team would be accessible freely, that we would help each other out, and we could also use one another’s display elements for the benefit of a harmonious presentation. In this way, we place more emphasis on working together than on being competitive.

The Kyoseki team (from left to right): Sandro and Nadja Tschudin, Patrick Hêche, Martin Fercher and Daniel Battaglia in front of the Kyoseki 2023 welcome kazari display.

We enjoy telling stories with our finely tuned presentations. At the same time, we all see these presentations as an invitation to the viewer to be inspired and embark on a mental journey. It is a great challenge to read the mood of a stone and emphasise it appropriately.
The name Kyoseki literally means that the beauty of the stones is echoed in the bonsai and all other presentation elements. As part of nature, people can resonate with it.

Suiseki with snow-covered peak, Prunus spinosa (Patrick Hêche) with berries and old Japanese scroll showing charcoal burners in a snow-covered landscape.

Winter breeze - in tow - unexpectedly smouldering'

With its echoes of autumn in the lowlands and the arrival of winter in the heights, this Kazari makes time its theme. The sensory perceptions are the key.

'I have faded - pale moonlight warms my empty seat'

Melancholic and comforting at the same time, the Kazari traces the feelings of a hermit who realises his own transience

Japanese Kuzuya-ishi, Pinus sylvestris in literati form (Michel Esseiva), old Japanese scroll with an obscured moon.

Our philosophy - Kazari as development

A fine set-up invites the viewer to freely associate. For the most part, it is inner creativity that brings the presentations to life and gives them depth. This expansion of mental space is the real goal for the exhibitor and the viewer.

For us as exhibitors, it requires a real understanding that stories only become interesting with a good vocabulary. A vocabulary with many nuances. This will happen via the total mindful immersion in natural phenomena: a rushing stream on the banks of which a dipper bird is preparing to dive, a last patch of snow in the mountains surrounded by the first crocuses, or a flowering branch, which attracts our attention against the light of the moon.

 If we take in these phenomena, we can enrich our inner treasure trove of images. The basis for harmonious presentation grows. It is the small things that we should feel so that they open the door to something bigger at the same moment.

We believe that the training of our eyes and inner image treasure is inextricably linked to the quality of the presentations.

What the viewer feels when enjoying the presentation is very personal and can only be triggered by the exhibits. Every interpretation is free — it is based on personal experiences, emotions and of images. What is essential for the exhibitor also applies here: the more developed the inner world of the viewer, the richer the interaction with the presentation will be.

Swiss Sugata-ishi (Daniel Battaglia), old Japanese scroll depicting cherry blossoms in the moonlight.

'In the pale glow - the petals fall - like shooting stars'

The sensual atmosphere of the figure stone is reflected in the scroll: in front of the hill, in the shadow of the moon, the petals float to the ground and let the thoughts of the strollers wander into space. Intimacy and infinite expanse create a pleasant tension. The off-centre placement of the stone emphasises this.

Our vision

It is a great pleasure for us to be able to realise our vision on this ground that has been cultivated for decades. Kyoseki is to become an European-orientated event based on two pillars: Find inspiration in the exhibition area and purchase selected goods for the suiseki and bonsai in the dealer area.

Overview of the Exhibition space.

Where the journey can take us

With Kyoseki, we want to serve as a source of inspiration for all passionate bonsai artists and suiseki collectors. We see the presentation as the last logical step in an authentic passion for care and collecting. With this focus, Kyoseki is intended to complement the regional and national bonsai and suiseki exhibitions. The joy that our bonsai and suiseki give us every day increases enormously when we share them.

Japanese surface pattern stone Kamuikotan, Pinus mugo (Daniel Risse. freshly designed by Luca Tamburello and shown here for the first time.} old Japanese scroll painting with pale moon.

'Wildly turning - the white bones - in the fiery game'

The presentation explores the similarities between suiseki and bonsai: the quartz vein of the stone resonates with the fantastic jin and shari areas of the magnificent tree. The white elements of both exhibits make us think of moving dragons thereby transporting our imagination into a mystical world.

'Nightingale - drive me away - the fog'

In a classical staging, the viewer is immersed in the natural beauty of the present and his gloomy thoughts evaporate

Swiss Sugata ishi, juniper half cascade (Laurent Petitpain), Japanese scroll with waterfall and bird.

Giving the stone and the tree a voice

We are very keen to set up an organised dealer area. Additionally we want to make our sophisticated infrastructure available to suppliers from all over Europe so that they can showcase their exclusive goods. At the first Kyoseki, the range included: bonsai raw materials, tools, protection products. Tea ceramics, Japanese ink paintings. We want to further expand this variety and offer European dealers a helping hand in importing the goods. In the future, Kyoseki will continue to offer opportunities to obtain the presentation elements, which are otherwise difficult to acquire. In this way, we want to make it easier for all interested parties to make major progress in their own presentation endeavours.

We invite you to resonate with nature together. The next Kyoseki will take place on 7 and 8 December 2024 in Hall 2.0 of Messe Basel, Switzerland.

Japanese mountain stone Beni Kamo (Martin Fercher), Japanese bronze deer, Tanzaku with falling autumn leaves.

'Silent - no rival - summer only makes a quiet exit'

The presentation thrives on the perceived frightfulness of the main character. Ready to fight, he discovers the source of the sound. The subsequent relaxation takes us to slopes glowing red with autumn leaves, where we can enjoy the peace and quiet that has returned

'Thieves - bring me - summer again'

A dynamic presentation in which space and time play the leading roles. The past summer lies in the call of the geese as they migrate to their distant wintering grounds. The haiku adds a wink to the tasteful autumn colours

Ligurian landscape stone (Sandro Tschudin), kusamono with dried grasses, Japanese scroll painting with moon and geese.

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