Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet
10.10.2019 — 19.01.2020
Participating Artists: Sonja Bäumel, Edgar Honetschläger, Dominique Koch, artist collective Studio Drift, with objects from the Senckenberg
Opening: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7 pm
The Frankfurter Kunstverein is pleased to present the exhibition “Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet” in collaboration with the Senckenberg Naturmuseum. The exhibition is conceived as 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.
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.
Curator: Franziska Nori; Scientific advice: Philipe Havlik