WILDERNESS

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt ist dedicating an extensice thematic exhibition to the fascination with wilderness from modernity to the present. 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. 

Briton Rivière, Beyond Man's Footsteps, 1894, Öl auf Leinwand, 119 x 184,5 cm, © Tate, London 2017

The exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, graphics, video and sound works, sculptures, and installations that trace the connections between wilderness and art from modernity to the present.

With wilderness, what is under consideration is a cultural concept that has always also served as a projection surface for the other and the alien, for antitypes and fantasies of desire beyond the boundaries of a self-appointed civilization. In the current “age of human beings,” the utopia of a natural state removed from culture and human influence seems outdated. The examination of traditional images and fictions of wilderness, however, seem more alive than ever before. With works by Darren Almond, Karel Appel, Hicham Berrada, Frères Bisson, Julian Charrière, Ian Cheng, Marcus Coates, Constant, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Joan Fontcuberta, Luke Fowler, GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), Camille Henrot, Pieter Hugo, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Jacob Kirkegaard, Joachim Koester, Richard Long, Heinz Mack, Ana Mendieta, Helmut Middendorf, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Oelze, Gerhard Richter, Briton Rivière, Henri Rousseau, Lin May Saeed, Frank Stella, Thomas Struth and Carleton E. Watkins.

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

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WILDERNESS

31.10.2018 | At a time when most of the blank spaces on the map of this world have largely disappeared and an “untouched state of nature” almost only still exists in the form of designated conservation areas, wilderness has once again become a focus in art. The search for the last free places, expeditions as an artistic medium, and visions of a post-human world as well as the renegotiation of the relationships between human beings and animals shape the works of many contemporary artists. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is now dedicating an extensive thematic exhibition to the recurring fascination with wilderness from November 1, 2018, to February 3, 2019. Over 100 important and impressive artworks by 34 international artists are presented, including Julian Charrière, Ian Cheng, Marcus Coates, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Camille Henrot, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Joachim Koester, Ana Mendieta, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Henri Rousseau, and Carleton E. Watkins. The exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, graphics, video and sound works, sculptures, and installations that trace the connections between wilderness and art from modernity to the present. With wilderness, what is under consideration is a cultural concept that has always also served as a projection surface for the other and the alien, for antitypes and fantasies of desire beyond the boundaries of a self-appointed civilization. In the current “age of human beings,” the utopia of a natural state removed from culture and human influence seems outdated. The examination of traditional images and fictions of wilderness, however, seem more alive than ever before.

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31.10.2018 | While untouched natural spaces have largely disappeared from the Earth’s surface, the theme of wilderness seems to be burgeoning in the images and aspirations of our time. Against this background, this exhibition is dedicated to the captivating idea of wilderness and the diverse links between wilderness and art. It presents works by 34 international artists from 1860 to the present day.

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WILDERNESS, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

WILDERNESS, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

WILDERNESS, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

WILDERNESS, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

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

Julian Charrière, Panorama 52° 29' 50.88" N 13° 22' 19.37" E, 2011, C-print on Alu-Dibond, 100 x 150 cm, Courtesy André Schlechtriem, © the artist & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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

Digitorial "Wilderness", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz