"Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet" 10 October 2019 to 19 January 2020 at the Frankfurter Kunstverein


The Kunstverein in collaboration with the Senckenberg Naturmuseum presents an interdisciplinary project that shifts our focus away from a historically accumulated, anthropocentric worldview towards a systemic understanding of humans as part of the evolutionary process.

AUSSENANSICHT FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN Foto/Photo: Norbert Miguletz, 2011 © Frankfurter Kunstverein

Throughout human history, there has been a constant attempt to formulate a worldview that transforms in response to observations of reality, the subsequent knowledge gained from them, and individual convictions. New self-conceptions of humanity and the world constantly develop. These are narratives, images, and metaphors that emerge at a specific time and within a specific culture, which come to characterize people’s actions. Today, there is a conflict between opposing worldviews as they struggle for the interests and possible futures of our planet.

The exhibition puts the work of contemporary artists in dialogue with scientific exhibits from the collection of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research.

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