Natural Histories

The exhibition Natural Histories explores representations of nature in reference to social processes and historical events. The works in this exhibition, presented on Levels 2, 3, and 4 of the museum, undermine both any idea of nature being free of history and unchanging conceptions of history. These works show the mutual interrelations between nature and history beyond all idyllic idealization of nature or history.

The presentation spans the period from the 1960s to the present, beginning with works of conceptual art that reflect on both the conditions of artistic production and reception and also their social dimensions and critiques of history. Good examples of this are works by Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Beuys, Hans Haacke, Hélio Oiticica, or the artists groups Sigma from Romania and OHOfrom Slovenia. In his installation Un jardin d‘hiver (1974), Marcel Broodthaers uses exotic plants and animal motifs to refer to the bourgeois longing for far-away and strange lands and also to colonial exploitation of precisely these countries. Works by artists from Eastern Europe and from Latin America also reflect contemporary issues and critiques of the system. In his installation Tropicália (1968), Oiticica refers to the protest movement of the same name against the Brazilian military dictatorship, while the Sigma group used references to nature to break out of Ceaușescu’s indoctrinated social and art policy.

Artists of the next generation draw on the traditions of critiques of colonialism, society, and history in the neo-avant-garde and transfer or update these into their own contemporary environments. A critical and analytical view of colonial and postcolonial history can be seen, for example, in works by Jonathas de Andrade, Matthew Buckingham, Mark Dion, Stan Douglas, Candida Höfer, Isa Melsheimer, and Margherita Spiluttini. Works by Ingeborg Strobl and Lois Weinberger look at aspects of migration and the economization of nature.

Depictions of nature also play a role in works that look at issues like genocide and internment in totalitarian systems and military conflicts. The history of Nazi terror and the Holocaust is considered in works by Heimrad Bäcker, Mirosław Bałka, Tatiana Lecomte, and Christian Mayer. Politically motivated violence is the subject of Christopher Williams’s photo series Angola to Vietnam (1989) and Sanja Iveković’s reference to a refugee camp during the Balkan war in her work Resnik (1996).

Current Dates

  • Fri. 22 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 25 Sep 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 01 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

October

  • Mon. 02 Oct 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 03 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 04 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 05 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 06 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 07 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 08 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 09 Oct 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 10 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 11 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 12 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 13 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 14 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 15 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 16 Oct 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 17 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 18 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 19 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 20 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 21 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 22 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 23 Oct 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 24 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 25 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 26 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 27 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 28 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 29 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 30 Oct 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 31 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

November

  • Wed. 01 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 02 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 03 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 04 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 05 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 06 Nov 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 07 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 08 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 09 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 10 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 11 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 12 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 13 Nov 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 14 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 15 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 16 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 17 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 18 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 19 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 20 Nov 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 21 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 22 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 23 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 25 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 26 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 27 Nov 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 28 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 29 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 30 Nov 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

December

  • Fri. 01 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 04 Dec 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 11 Dec 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 18 Dec 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Mon. 25 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 31 Dec 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

January 2018

  • Mon. 01 Jan 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 02 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 03 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 05 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 06 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 08 Jan 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 09 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 10 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 11 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 12 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 13 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 14 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 15 Jan 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 16 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 17 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 18 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 19 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 20 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 21 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 22 Jan 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 23 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 26 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 27 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 28 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 29 Jan 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 30 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 31 Jan 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

February 2018

  • Thu. 01 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 03 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 05 Feb 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 10 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 12 Feb 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 17 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 19 Feb 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 24 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 26 Feb 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

March 2018

  • Thu. 01 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 03 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 05 Mar 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 10 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 12 Mar 2018, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Mar 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.