Scientific Gardening

6 May – 27 June 2015

An Analytical Look at Plants in Art and the Sciences

Robert Brendel - Botanisches Lehrmodell

Robert Brendel, Botanisches Lehrmodell, Berlin, Corylus avellana (Haselstrauch), um 1900
Courtesy Ariane Laue Kunsthandel, München, Foto: Jens Bruchhaus

Under the microscope, even the smallest object can have an impact on big issues. Pollen and fossil leaves show how the climate has been changing over the past ages, diatoms shed light on the condition of the environment. State of the art technology such as the development of STED-Microscopy, awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize, has opened new horizons for botany. Modern plant research without electron and fluorescence microscopes are unimaginable in today’s world. They provide important insights that go far beyond the actual subject of investigation, such as questions concerning climatology.

Today’s scientific images of plants differ greatly from their historical predecessors. Microscopy and photography through microscopes have replaced the unity of artistic presentation and botanical research irrevocably. Ever since, these images no longer unite aesthetic visions and scientific discoveries. They are the means to systematic, objective analysis. In doing so, they create aesthetics of their own.

The exhibition starts from older scientific methods of creating images such as nature printing or plant models manufactured in the early 1900s for educational purposes. Six contemporary artistic interpretations rethink and reinvent these themes for the present. They use new as well as historical techniques of imaging to develop new approaches to the world of plants. In the course of this, they allow tiny cell structures to grow to a monumental scale, make hidden processes in nature visible for the human eye or forge surprising links between the study of nature and the industrial mass production of cut flowers.

The ERES Foundation’s intention is to reconcile the images of the arts and sciences in order to shed light on pressing questions, not just regarding botany, but our entire civilization as well.

Kooperation: Wir danken für die Bereitstellung der wissenschaftlichen Bilder:
Dr. Friedrich Kragler, Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Potsdam
Dr. Ines Kreuzer, Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie und Biophysik, Universität Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wanner, Ultrastrukturforschung, LMU, München

Artists

Baum/Jakob, Markus Huemer, Helen Mirra, Ronald van der Meijs, Robert Voit, Ken+Julia Yonetani

Lectures

  • Monday, 8 June 2015, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Hanno Schäfer, TUM München/Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Fachgebiet Biodiversität der Pflanzen
    Herbarien: Schatzkammern für die Wissenschaft

    Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wanner, LMU München, Fakultät für Biologie, Pflanzenwissenschaften
    Was Botaniker mit dem Elektronenmikroskop entdecken

  • Monday, 22 June 2015, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel, Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen, Fachbereich Gestaltung/Theorie und Geschichte der Fotografie
    Blumenstiche, Blütenmodelle, Naturselbstdrucke: Bildgeschichte der Botanik

    Künstlergespräch mit Robert Voit über seine Arbeit The Alphabet of New Plants

Ronald van der Meijs - A Time Capsule of Life 2.0

Ronald van der Meijs, A Time Capsule of Life 2.0, 2015
© Ronald van der Meijs, Courtesy by the artist, Foto: ERES-Stiftung / Christoph Knoch

Markus Huemer - Gewöhnlicher Sumpf-Bärlauch

Markus Huemer, Gewöhnlicher Sumpf-Bärlauch (Lycopodiaceae), 2006
© Markus Huemer, Courtesy by the artist / Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Foto: ERES-Stiftung / Christoph Knoch

Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, EUR 2,00
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