MARC, KIRCHNER, KANDINSKY, SOULAGES, VOTH

The Rhythm of Nature
16 October 2022 – 12 March 2023

Art and nature – nature and art. What relationship evolved between the two in the 20th and 21st centuries, a time when artists themselves defined new parameters and new objectives in art?

At the Franz Marc Museum this question is being looked at more closely. Works by Hannsjörg Voth, Anselm Kiefer, Pierre Soulages, Willi Baumeister, Fritz Winter, Serge Poliakoff, Franz Marc, August Macke, Paul Klee, Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Otto Müller and others are examined in the light of their relationship with nature. For if a work does not aim to mirror nature, the two remain interrelated nevertheless. Even the most abstract picture takes the idea of nature as its starting point to a certain extent and refers to its perceived fundamental structures.

Meadows and gardens, flowers and trees, rivers and lakes, strollers in parks and animals in fields can be seen. How harmoniously are these embedded in nature, what discrepancies stand out and where is it merely the melancholic memory of a paradise lost?

How much do portraits by Alexej Jawlensky and Paula Modersohn-Becker reveal the artists’ understanding of human nature? And why does Fritz Winter place his Weltlebenbilder (lit.: ‘world life paintings’) within the ‘great order of cosmic relations’?

And, last but not least, what motivated Hannsjörg Voth and Ingrid Amslinger in 1981 to live for weeks to the ‘rhythm of nature’ as part of their land art project Boot aus Stein (Boat of Stone), not only rejoicing in its beauty but also exposing themselves to the its violent force?