Displayed in Fall 2013 at Shulamit Gallery in Venice, CA, Mythical Homeland followed Baseman’s large-scale retrospective The Door is Always Open at the Skirball Cultural Center. Baseman’s work for this series delves into the real and imagined histories of generations past, interpreting the Holocaust and its lasting effects on culture and identity.
Through twenty drawings, paintings, and photographs installed in a literal birch tree forest, Baseman references the very environment into which Baseman’s father fled and survived among other freedom fighters during World War II. The exhibition also included a short version of “Mythical Creatures,” the documentary exploring Gary Baseman’s parents and their lives in their original homelands in Eastern Europe.
Versions of Mythical Homeland were displayed at Aqua Art Miami (2013) and The Edinburgh Art Festival (2014).