Hélio Oiticica, "Tropicália", 1967

Group show explores the relationship between nature and history

(Vienna, Austria)

PIPA Prize 2011 Finalist Jonathas de Andrade is part of the group show “Natural Histories, Traces of the political”, on view at the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (MUMOK). The exhibition explores the representations of nature over time and through multiple social processes and historical events. Looking at various themes, the works presented show the mutual interrelations between nature and history beyond all idyllic idealization.

The exhibition’s selection spans the period from the 60s to contemporary production, starting with works of conceptual art that reflected on the reception of art, in its social dimension and in its systemic criticism. Artists of the next generation draw on the traditions of critiques of colonialism and of society, but they transfer and update these concepts into their own contemporary environments. Depicts of nature are a constant theme in art history and will play an important role in works that look at issues like violence and resistance in the context of totalitarian systems and military conflicts. Here, man explores nature and its resources, usually in an aggressive way to the environment. A further theme is the transformation of public and historical places by natural processes. Nature claims everything back and becomes a sign of historical change.

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“Natural Histories, Traces of the political”, group show featuring Jonathas de Andrade, Mirosław Bałka, Heimrad Bäcker, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Matthew Buckingham, Mark Dion, Stan Douglas, Andrea Geyer, Ion Grigorescu, Hans Haacke, Candida Höfer, Sanja Iveković, Alfredo Jaar, Sven Johne, Nikita Kadan, Tatiana Lecomte, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Isa Melsheimer, Mario Merz, Christian Philipp Müller, OHO Gruppe, Hélio Oiticica, Anri Sala, Sigma Gruppe, Margherita Spiluttini, Ingeborg Strobl, Sandra Vitaljić, Lois Weinberger, Christopher Williams
Curated by Rainer Fuchs
On view from November 11th through January 14th

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