The artists in this exhibition illustrate principles of nature, give voices to plants from a wide range of different perspectives and testify to the extraordinary qualities of these creatures inextricably linked with our survival.

 

What shall I learn of beans or beans of me?
–Henry David Thoreau, diary entry, 7 July 1845


Scientists in the twenty-first century use the term 'Anthropocene' to describe the realisation that human beings profoundly change the ecology of the Earth. Parliament of Plants takes this insight to offer new ways of talking about the complex interconnections that link everything to everything else.

The artists in this exhibition question not only the Aristotelian position that regarded plants as close to the inorganic world, but also the Anthropocentric view that continues to define much of the Western world, even today.

The exhibition is presented as an open structure. Aspects such as self-organisation, identification, utopias, social relations between flora and human beings and a different perception of time are reflected in the works. Other topics include shame and sexuality, expansion of consciousness and transformation, inner and outer migration, medical, scientific and cosmic knowledge.

 

Participating artists

Paweł Althamer & Artur Zmijewski, Stefan Bertalan, Andrea Büttner, Edith Dekyndt, Jef Geys, Isabella Hollauf, Anna Jermolaewa, Jochen Lempert, Uriel Orlow, Kristine Oßwald, Athena Vida.

Additionally, 'cabinets of curiosities' will feature historical botanical books and a selection of films and artworks by John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Karl Blossfeldt, Mrs. Brakhan, Matthias Frick, Anton Frommelt, Paul Klee, Emma Kunz, Heinrich Anton Müller, Fritzi Libora-Reif, Rachel Ruysch, Therese Vallent and Sunhild Wollwage as cross-references and to create fields of associations.

 

Project space 'Parliament of Plants'
17 July 2020–17 January 2021

As part of the exhibition, the admission-free 'Seitenlichtsaal' is conceived as a changing, growing project space. It links the immediate outside world with questions of art and will enable
meetings between a wide range of scientific and artistic-poetic approaches to and perspectives on the plant kingdom.

 

A production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll with Annett Höland, co-curator of the project space.

 

Contributions by
Ackerschaft Verein, Vaduz, AMÚR Wien, Helena Becker, Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sarganserland- Werdenberg e.V., Forstbetriebe Schaan/Planken und Vaduz, Gartenkooperative Region Liechtenstein-Werdenberg, Anna Hilti, Evi Kliemand, Liechtensteinische Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz, Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium, Obst- und Gartenbauverein Vaduz, Schweizer Phänologie-Beobachtungsnetz – Bundesamt für Meteorologie und Klimatologie MeteoSchweiz, Spriessbürger Verlag, Universität Liechtenstein – Institut für Architektur und Raumentwicklung und Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik, Verein Hortus, Balzers, and others.

Events with
baronebreu, Toni Büchel, Eveline Dudda, Sebastian Geiger, Peter Goop, Monika Gstöhl, Anette Herburger, Anna Hilti, Gerhard Konrad, Eva Körbitz, Gerlinde Manz-Christ, Marco Maierhofer, Anna Ospelt, Barbara Pietragalla, Marion Poschmann, Claudia Ospelt-Bosshard, Rainer Rappmann, Elisabeth Ritter, Trio Gleichklang, Peter Vogt and others.

Additional cooperation partners
Atelier Amden, Gemeinde Vaduz, inatura, Dornbirn, Junges Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Kunstschule Liechtenstein, Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft, Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Skino, Schaan, Walserherbst Festival, Grosses Walsertal.

 

More pictures to this exhibition

  • Parliament of Plants
    Exhibition view, photo: Sandra Maier, gesichtet.li
  • Parliament of Plants
    Exhibition view, photo: Sandra Maier, gesichtet.li
  • Parliament of Plants
    Exhibition view, photo: Sandra Maier, gesichtet.li
  • Parliament of Plants
    Exhibition view, photo: Sandra Maier, gesichtet.li
  • Parliament of Plants
    Exhibition view, photo: Sandra Maier, gesichtet.li
  • Sun, 27.9.2020
    10.00
  • Sun, 15.11.2020
    14.00
  • Opening
  • Sun, 6.9.2020
    11.00
  • Guided tours
  • Sun, 20.9.2020
    14.00
  • Fri, 27.11.2020
    18.00
  • Thu, 14.1.2021
    18.00