"WILDERNESS" 1 November 2018 to 3 February 2019 at the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT

 

The wilder­ness returns to art! And it does so at a time when the blank spaces on the world map have largely disap­peared and an “untouched natural state” virtu­ally only exists in the form of areas desig­nated as nature reserves. The search for the last open spaces, the expe­di­tion as an artistic medium, and post-human visions of a world devoid of people char­ac­terize the works of many contem­po­rary artists along­side the rene­go­ti­a­tion of the rela­tion­ship between indi­vidual and beast. The SCHIRN is dedi­cating an exten­sive thematic exhi­bi­tion to this recur­ring fasci­na­tion and presents works of art from 1900 to the present. With impor­tant pieces by some 30 artists – from Henri Rousseau to the present day – it not only sheds light on the phenom­enon of the wilder­ness in terms of iconog­raphy, but also shows it as a prin­ciple and motor of artistic creative work.

Thomas Struth, Paradise 21, Yuquehy/Brazil, 2001 © Thomas Struth

Artists have repeat­edly been drawn to that which is wild, untamed, uncul­ti­vated since the begin­ning of the aesthetic modern age. The “wilder­ness” has always also served as a projec­tion surface for anything that was different and foreign, for the longing for a primor­dial life beyond the bound­aries of civi­liza­tion. In today’s “Anthro­pocene,” the utopia of a natural state remote from culture and human influ­ence seems anachro­nistic. And yet the exam­i­na­tion of tradi­tional images and fictions of wilder­ness seems more alive than ever before.

Digitorial: https://www.schirn.de/wildnis/digitorial/en/index.html

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