And the FORESTs will echo with laughter …

Forests without Trees in the Arts + Sciences

27 June 2020 – 31 July 2021

Extended until 31 July 2021

Temporary closure of our exhibition

Due to the still unsafe pandemic situation, the exhibition is closed until end of lockdown.


This line from a Led Zeppelin song epitomizes the upcoming exhibition at the ERES Foundation starting June 27th, 2020. Its focus is on the forest as social space. Forests’ ecosystems function on the basis of interconnectedness, information and communication, exchange and symbiosis. Hidden from our eyes, complex processes are taking place that are vital, not only for the organisms involved. For a forest is far more than just trees. In addition to being an economic asset, biosphere, oxygen producer, CO2 and water repository, it is also a magical, mystical place and powerful alternative to urban civilization – indispensable for human life as we know it.

Contemporary artists will explore unexpected pathways to forests’ thickets of meaning while scientists will be holding lectures that shine new light on the fascinating Wood Wide Web, the Internet of the forest.


27 June 2020 – 31 July 2021

Opening Hours

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Admission free
Ausstellungsbesuch (Slot: 45 Minuten) nur nach vorheriger Online-Anmeldung

Guided Tours

Until further notice we are unfortunately not allowed to offer guided tours. But we do provide an information sheet.


John Baldessari, Luisa Baldhuber, James Benning, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, John Cage, Miriam Ferstl, Fischli / Weiss, Tue Greenfort, Wolfgang Kaiser, Martin Kippenberger, Marcellvs L. & Munan Øvrelid, Klaus Littmann, Marcus Maeder, Antje Majewski, Albert Oehlen, Daniel Roth, Michael Sailstorfer, Hans Schabus

Martin Kippenberger – Jetzt geh ich in den Birkenwald, denn meine Pillen wirken bald
Martin Kippenberger, Jetzt geh ich in den Birkenwald, denn meine Pillen wirken bald, 1993, © Sammlung Johann Widauer, Foto: ERES-Stiftung, Thomas Dashuber
Marcus Maeder – Espírito da floresta
Marcus Maeder, Espírito da floresta / Forest Spirit, 2017/2020, © Marcus Maeder
Hans Schabus - Im Tiefen Wald
Hans Schabus, Im Tiefen Wald, 2020, © Hans Schabus / Bildrecht GmbH, Foto: ERES-Stiftung, Thomas Dashuber


Monday, 07 July 2020, 7 pm

Forest Dieback – A Review of Climate Change
Dr. Roderich von Detten, Chair of Forestry Economics and Forest Planning, University of Freiburg

This lecture is available on our video-page.

Monday, 20 July 2020, 7 pm

Forests are More Than Just Trees
Connected Systems in Crucial Habitats
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Küster, Institute for Geobotany, Leibniz University, Hannover

This lecture is available on our video-page.

Monday, 14 September 2020, 7 pm

Forests, Soil, Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Winfried E. H. Blum and Prof. Dr. Manfred Lexer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

This lecture is available on our video-page.

Monday, 01 February 2021
Cancelled due to the pandemic situation

(Original date: 09 November 2020)

Symposium Amazonas-Rainforest

Tropical Forests in Danger
The State of the Amazon Rainforest and the AmazonFACE Project
Prof. Dr. Anja Rammig, Professorship for Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions, TUM School of Life Sciences, Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich

Espírito da floresta
Audiovisual Performance
Marcus Maeder, artist, explorer, composer, Zürich University of the Arts

Panel Discussion
How can the Amazon rainforest be preserved?

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 7 pm
The lecture is postponed to the summer. The exact date will be announced here.

(Original date: 07 November 2020)

Dwindling Habitats, More Pandemics?
Zoonotic Diseases such as SARS, FSME, Zika or Ebola in the Anthropocene
Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer, Universität Ulm


Teilnahme nur nach vorheriger Online-Anmeldung

Meet the Artist

Friday, 11 September 2020, 6/7/8 pm

Lecture-Performance with Luisa Baldhuber

Sunday, 13. September 2020, 3.15 pm

Künstlergespräch with Wolfgang Kaiser
(Findet im Freien statt)


Teilnahme nur nach vorheriger Online-Anmeldung


Saturday, 24 October 2020, 6 am – 1 pm
Sunday, 25 October 2020, 6 am – 1 pm

Exploring Forests, Moors and Soil
Two hikes, breakfast, readings and lunch at the Nantesbuch Foundation, Bad Heilbrunn (with an optional overnight stay the night before)
Forest excursion with artist Miriam Ferstl in association with the Nantesbuch Foundation

Registration deadline: 20 September 2020
Information and rates:
To register:, or call 08046 2319115


Pressestimmen zum Projekt finden Sie auf unserer Presseseite.