The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has invited a number of international artists to develop interventions for one of Europe’s most renowned natural history museums in a four-year-long model project.
What happens when contemporary art encounters natural history collections and research? “Art/Nature: Artistic Interventions at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin” is inviting visual artists, sound artists, and writers to produce new works in a creative exploration of the museum. The first intervention round is comprised of works by A K Dolven, Saâdane Afif, Sabine Scho and Andreas Töpfer.
In a process of intensive exploration – of the research museum, its collections, exhibitions, and history – the artists will generate new works of art which will be shown in the museum for a limited period of time and subsequently considered for inclusion in the permanent exhibition.
With a number of interventions in the genres of visual art, sound art, and literature, the project is creating an experimental space where art, museum practice, and natural history research can interact. It thus seeks to provide a new model for contemporary art in natural history museums.
The project aims to experimentally transcend the communicative barriers between the artistic domain and that of the natural history museum, in order to open up fresh perspectives both on nature and on museum culture, to shed new light on scientific objects, and to change the way we view natural history museums in general. In this respect, “Art/Nature” will encourage artistic reflection on the role and functions of natural history museums in the twenty-first century.