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Darren Almond

Visions of Nature (group show)
Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna
13 September 2017 - 18 February 2018

Darren Almond, Fullmoon @Cerro Chalten, 2013 © Darren Almond, Courtesy White Cube Gallery
Darren Almond, Fullmoon @Cerro Chalten, 2013 © Darren Almond, Courtesy White Cube Gallery

Mankind’s relationship with nature is subject to continual change. But never before in our planet’s history have the changes caused by mankind’s impact on nature had such far-reaching repercussions as they do today. The exhibition has taken twenty-five artistic positions by international and Austrian artists working in the medium of photography and video to examine the way in which our relationship with nature is currently reflected from an artistic point of view. They address the theme of nature and the ways of representing and depicting nature against the backdrop of the Anthropocene, the first epoch in the Earth’s history to be shaped by mankind’s impact.

All the works are situated within the interplay between nature as a place of longing and nature as a resource, and anchored in the juxtaposition between vulnerable eco-system and a force of nature capable of enduring all. They demonstrate that the photographic depiction of nature and landscape as a construct shapes our perception of nature; they also illustrate the ways in which we human beings approach, and distance ourselves from, nature. The spectrum of works on show (ranging from Darren Almond to Anna Reivilä) also serves to highlight just how changeable our relationship with nature actually is. Nature is not a place that stands detached and aloof from cultural contexts; rather, nature and culture are inseparably linked.

Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna


Additional:

Darren Almond, Navid Nuur et al.

Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn (group show)
Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn
3 June - 9 September 2018

Navid Nuur, Nightbowl, The formation of earth - 2018. Courtesy of the artist
Navid Nuur, Nightbowl, The formation of earth - 2018. Courtesy of the artist

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Kunsthal 44Møen has put together a special constellation of stars under the lyric name Møenlight Sonata, alluding to Beethoven's 14th sonata for piano, which he also referred to "quasi una fantasia".
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Norroen Trilogy Møn becomes both the starting point and central focus of a series of exhibitions the next three years, for which young as well as internationally renowned artists are invited to engage with the extraordinary nature and history of this region, that has always attracted and inspired artists. The curator of the exhibition trilogy Norroen is René Block, the Kunsthal's artistic director. René Block founded the avant-garde gallery Galerie René Block in Berlin (and later in New York) in 1964, and is since internationally known for his dedication to young and vanguard art, evident throughout his years as the director of several international Biennales (including those of Istanbul, Sydney and Cetinje) and art institutions including the Fridericianum in Kassel, TANAS – project space for contemporary art from Turkey, and Edition Block in Berlin.

Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn