Visions of Nature

Visions of Nature: 
Myoung Ho Lee, Tree… #2, 2011
Visions of Nature: 
Vanja Bucan, Camouflage, from the series Sequences of Truth and Deception, 2015
Visions of Nature: 
Anna Reivilä, Bond #15, 2016

Opening: Sept. 12, 2017, 7 p.m.

The exhibition Visions of Nature combines artistic positions that make use of the medium of photography and video to explore means of representing nature, its visual construction and deconstruction, and ways in which human beings approach and distance themselves from the environment in the Anthropocene, i.e. the epoch in the history of the Earth during which humankind’s activities first began to have an impact.
In the works on show, artists such as Darren Almond, Rodrigo Braga, Vanja Bucan, Tacita Dean, Michael Goldgruber, Ilkka Halso, Michael Höpfner, Adam Jeppesen, Matthias Kessler Ola Lanko, Myoung Ho Lee, Simone Nieweg and Thomas Struth reflect on the threat to our natural living conditions, question the unlimited availability of nature, and illustrate an increasingly altered perception of our habitat.

Our relationship with nature appears irritated. We see ourselves as part of nature, we experience nature as something that is under threat, and yet, at the same time, we do it untold damage. Fragile on the one hand, yet outlasting all on the other. This insecurity is reflected in all current artistic works. In their works, artists address this ambivalent relationship we have with nature. Besides analytically abstract approaches there are now more and more artistic implementations that make the direct sensory experience the vehicle for the artistic message. The works featured at the exhibition cover a spectrum that ranges from philosophical conceptual approaches to new aspects of romanticism.

With works by Darren Almond, Rodrigo Braga, Vanja Bucan, Jennifer Colten, Andreas Duscha, Tomas Eller, Michael Goldgruber, Andreas Gursky, Ilkka Halso, Roni Horn, Michael Höpfner, Axel Hütte, Adam Jeppesen, Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Mathias Kessler, Claudia Märzendorfer, Ola Lanko, Myoung Ho Lee, Ralo Mayer, Simone Nieweg, Donna Ong, Anna Reivilä, Bruno v. Roels, Michael John Whelan

Curated by Verena Kaspar-Eisert