Inventing Nature. Plants in the arts

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Works from more than 500 years of art history demonstrate the changes in representations and understanding of “green” nature.
Plants are used, cultivated, loved – and eradicated.
Whether healing or poisonous, they are indispensable for humans as the basis of all life. They are the subject of scientific and aesthetic observation, symbols and projection objects of communication and finally elements in the design of living spaces. Against the backdrop of advancing climate change and increasing global environmental awareness, the exhibition takes a look at our relationship to the world of plants. While art and artists were still arguing for a return to nature after the Age of Enlightenment, a paradigm shift can be seen in the 21st century: Artists are trying to create an aesthetic awareness of the fact that we will have to seek new forms of action, symbioses and synergies with nature in the future.

Curated by Kirsten Voigt

Artists: Ansel Adams, Willem van Aelst, Abbas Akhavan, Lara Almarcegui, Silvia Bächli, Joseph Beuys, Eugen Bracht, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Julian Charrière, François Chauveau, Donna Conlon, Lucas Cranach d. Ä., Lucas Cranach (Nachfolger), Gregory Crewdson, Simone Demandt, Mark Dion, Peter Dreher, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Max Ernst, Henri Fantin-Latour, Anselm Feuerbach, Spencer Finch, Joan Fontcuberta, Franziska von Geiger-Weishaupt, Julio González, Ilkka Halso, Franz de Hamilton, Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton, Hans Holbein d. J., Georg Wilhelm Issel, Joan Jonas, Eva Jospin, Edmund Friedrich Kanoldt, Ferdinand Keller, William Kentridge, Paul Klee, Fritz Klemm, Bernd Koberling, Volker Kreidler, Susanne Kriemann, Wolfgang Laib, Lorenz Lingg, Christiane Löhr, Emil Lugo, Theresa Lükenwerk, Gabriela Oberkofler, Clara Peeters, Frans Post, Paul von Ravenstein, Odilon Redon, Tobias Rehberger, Jacob van Ruisdael, Rachel Ruysch, Hanns Schimansky, Julia Schmid, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Miron Schmückle, Georg Scholz, Martin Schongauer, Adolf Schroedter, Martin Schwenk, Sean Scully, August Wilhelm Sievert, Kiki Smith, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Thomas Struth, Südniederländischer Meister, Yves Tanguy, Cella Thoma, Hans Thoma, Barthélémy Toguo, Liliane Tomasko, Su-Mei Tse, Félix Vallotton, Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen d. J., Maurice de Vlaminck, Robert Voit, Lois Weinberger, Erwin Wurm und Andreas Züst.