WILDERNESS

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019

In times in which 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 “wilderness” is returning in art. The search for the last open places, the expedition as an artistic medium, visions of a posthuman world characterize the works of many contemporary artists alongside the renegotiation of the relationship between individual and beast. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt dedicates an extensive thematic exhibition to this recurring fascination and presents around 100 important works from artists such as Julian Charrière, Marcus Coates, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Asger Jorn, Joachim Koester, Ana Mendieta, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Henri Rousseau und Carleton E. Watkins.

Georgia O'Keeffe, From the Plains ll, 1954, Oil on canvas, 122 x 183 cm, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The exhibition includes 100 important works from artists such as Julian Charrière, Marcus Coates, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Asger Jorn, Joachim Koester, Ana Mendieta, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Henri Rousseau and Carleton E. Watkins.

The exhibition unites paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures and installations, which explore the multitude of different links between wilderness and art from 1900 to the present.  With “wilderness” a cultural concept is put up for discussion, which has always also served as a projection surface for anything that was different and foreign, for the longing fantasies beyond the boundaries of the supposed 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 seem more alive than ever before.

Ana Mendieta, Bird Transformation, 1972, Colour photograph, vintage print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm, © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection

WILDERNESS

28.05.2018 | In times in which 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 “wilderness” is returning in art. The search for the last open places, the expedition as an artistic medium, visions of a posthuman world characterize the works of many contemporary artists alongside the renegotiation of the relationship between individual and beast. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt dedicates an extensive thematic exhibition to this recurring fascination and presents around 100 important works from artists such as Julian Charrière, Marcus Coates, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Asger Jorn, Joachim Koester, Ana Mendieta, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Henri Rousseau and Carleton E. Watkins.

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Hicham Berrada, Ghost #1, ongoing since 2013, beaker, acid, daisies, camera and live screening, Full HD color video, ca. 6 min, Wentrup, Berlin and kamel mennour, Paris/London

Ian Cheng, Something Thinking of You, 2015, Live simulation, infinite duration, sound, Work edition, unique in series of 7 and 1 AP, Courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Max Ernst, Die Lebensfreude, 1937, oil on canvas, acquired in 2013 as donation by the Theo Wormland-Stiftung GmbH, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen – Sammlung Moderne Kunst in der Pinakothek der Moderne München, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

GUN, Event to Change the Image of Snow, 1970, documentary photograph of performance art. Photo by Hanaga Mitsutoshi

Asger Jorn, Eine Cobra-Gruppe, 1964, Oil on Canvas , 132 x 162 cm, Peter und Gudrun Selinka Stiftung, Ravensburg/Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Thomas Weiss, Ravensburg

Richard Long, A Circle in Scotland, 1986, Photograph and text, © Richard Long, courtesy Lisson Gallery

Heinz Mack during shooting of the film 'TELE-MACK' in the Tunisian desert, 1968, Photo: E. Braun / Archiv Mack

Ana Mendieta, Bird Transformation, 1972, Colour photograph, vintage print, 25,4 x 20,3 cm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Acquired with funding from Museumsfonden af 7. december 1966. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York; Foto: Poul Buchard / Brøndum & Co.

Georgia O'Keeffe, From the Plains ll, 1954, Oil on Canvas, 122 x 183 cm, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Gerhard Richter, Tiger, 1965, Oil on Canvas, 140 x 150 cm, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, © Gerhard Richter 2018 (0127)

Briton Rivière, Beyond Man's Footsteps, exhibited 1894, Oil on Canvas 119 x 184,5 cm, © Tate, London 2017

Henri Rousseau, Le lion, ayant faim, se jette sur l'antilope, 1898 – 1905, Oil on Canvas, 200 x 301 cm, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler, Photo: Robert Bayer, Basel

Lin May Saeed, The Liberation of Animals from their Cages XVII / Olifant Gate, 2016, Tool steel and lacquer, Courtesy Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt/M.; Nicolas Krupp, Basel; The artist, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, Offenbach

Frank Stella, The Grand Armada (IRS, No. 6, 1X), 1989, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Robert Bayer

Thomas Struth, Paradise 21, Yuquehy/Brazil, 2001, 172,1 x 215,8 cm, © Thomas Struth

Carleton E. Watkins, Vernal Fall, Yosemite, 1865-66, printed ca. 1875, Albumen silver print from glass negative, lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005

Esther Schlicht, Curator of the exhibition "Wilderness", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Gaby Gerster