Bending the Curve – Knowing, Acting, Caring for biodiversity

13.10.2023 — 03.03.2024

Opening on Thursday, 12 October 2023, at 7 pm

Co-Creation Art: Prof. Franziska Nori
Co-Creation Science: Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese

A cooperation with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Frankfurt Zoo.

With exhibits from Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt Zoo, Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior, Sustainable Building, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT + Block Research Group, ETH Zurich + Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore-ETH Centre

The autumn exhibition 2023 will focus on the importance of biodiversity and its alarming loss under the title Bending the Curve.

The project is a collaboration with Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese. She is the director of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the winner of the German Environmental Award 2021 of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. “Climate change determines how we live, species extinction determines whether we survive at all in the future”. Based on this conviction, Prof. Dr. Böhning-Gaese repeatedly appeals to politicians and the public to implement a concrete catalogue of measures developed by scientists in order to reverse the falling curve towards the loss of countless plant and animal species.

The exhibition follows the calls of scientists who show society and political actors concrete ways in which individuals, companies and society as a whole can take action to achieve ecosystem recovery.

Bending the Curve is a cross-disciplinary collaboration with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Research Centre in Frankfurt. It is part of a series of exhibitions (The Intelligence of Plants 2021/2022, Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet 2019/2020) with which the Frankfurter Kunstverein is specifically pursuing collaboration as an art institution with national natural science research societies and international activists, artists, filmmakers and designers to make issues around species extinction and climate change accessible to a broad audience.

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