Once upon a time, in some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there was once a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. […] But if we could communicate with the mosquito, then we would learn that he floats through the air with the same self importance, feeling within itself the flying center of the world.
Friedrich Nietzsche, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

From the boundary that we take for granted between animals and humans, neither evolutionary biology nor paleoanthropology can define with certainty the point at which animal and human life are separated. In search of this boundary, the “clever animal” undertakes further categorizations and hierarchizations that derive relationships, form groups, but above all result in manifesting a polar assessment: lovable or disliked (companion), useful or harmful (resource) - ultimately good or bad.

The anthropocentric classification differentiates between livestock, actually meaning resource, domestic animals, too often kept in captivity under denatured circumstances, and pests that even reduce the economic success of humans by damaging their crops, goods or buildings, transmitting pathogens or appear as direct food rivals. At the latest here our so-called morality fails.

In fact, it is human beings who unquestionably turn out to be the greatest pest on the planet, while slowly becoming more and more aware of the (eco) system-preserving importance of the innumerable, mostly smaller living beings. Immediately after falling through the dark tunnel, a white rabbit is now required – alles im Wunderland (all in Wonderland).

The exhibition Alles im Wunderland part of the cooperation Artentreffenalong the RMV-S-Bahn line 8 with the Art and Culture Foundation Opelvillen Rüsselsheim and the German Leather Museum in Offenbach am Main. Artentreffen is funded by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain.
 

Oliver Laric, Betweenness, 2018, Courtesy: The artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.
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[Translate to English:] Alles im Wunderland, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Werke von Ann-Kristin Hamm und Isa Melsheimer, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Alles im Wunderland, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Werke von Zac Langdon-Pole, Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer und Ann-Kristin Hamm,, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Alles im Wunderland, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Werke von Lili Fischer (im Vordergrund), Dominika Bednarsky und Edi Danartono, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Alles im Wunderland, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Werke von Dominika Bednarsky, Edi Danartono, Aude Pariset und Jonathan Penca, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Monira Al Qadiri, Divine Memory, 2019, Commissioned by Kunstverein Göttingen, © und Courtesy: Die Künstlerin
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[Translate to English:] Dominika Bednarsky, Snails, 2018-20, © und Courtesy: Die Künstlerin, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Frank Brechter, Stubenfliege und Klatsche, 2020, © Der Künstler, Courtesy: Der Künstler und PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Janine Drewes
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[Translate to English:] Edi Danartono, Can’t Do Without You, 2020, © und Courtesy: Der Künstler, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Max Eulitz, 072, aus der Serie Portraits, 2016 - ongoing, © und Courtesy: Der Künstler, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Lili Fischer, Schnake, 2008/9, © Die Künstlerin und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Sverre Fredriksen & Zaou Vaughan, Human Nature, 2020, © und Courtesy: Die Künstler
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[Translate to English:] Ryan Gander, The End, 2020, © Ryan Gander und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020, Courtesy: Der Künstler und Lisson Gallery, London, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Andreas Greiner, Olafur (Breakdance), 2013, ©: Der Künstler, Courtesy: Der Künstler und Privatsammlung, Zürich
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[Translate to English:] Ann-Kristin Hamm, Schmetterlingskasten, 2014/20, © Die Künstlerin, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin und Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Klara Hobza, Portrait, 2020, © Die Künstlerin und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin und Soy Capitán, Berlin, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Zac Langdon-Pole, Punctatum, 2017, © Der Künstler, Courtesy: Der Künstler und Michael Lett, Auckland, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Janine Drewes
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[Translate to English:] Isa Melsheimer, Insecta II, 2014, © Die Künstlerin, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin und Esther Schipper, Berlin, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Katja Novitskova, Approximation, (5iu4.0 chimera surface ligand, fruit fly), 2017, © Die Künstlerin, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin und Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Aude Pariset, Hungry Bin (Paper Safe), 2015, © Die Künstlerin, Courtesy: Die Künstlerin und SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Janine Drewes
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[Translate to English:] Jonathan Penca, Insect of the year, 2018 - ongoing, © Der Künstler, Courtesy: Der Künstler und Deborah Schamoni, München, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Heather Phillipson, 100% OTHER FIBRES, 2016 Video still, © und Courtesy: Die Künstlerin
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[Translate to English:] Lucy Powell, Hill Climbing With Random Restarts (moving out), 2017, Video still, © und Courtesy: Die Künstlerin
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[Translate to English:] Laurent Mignonneau / Christa Sommerer, Homo Insectus, 2020, interaktive Installation, © Die Künstler, Courtesy: Die Künstler und Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt am Main, Installationsansicht Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2020, Foto: Christian Lauer
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[Translate to English:] Władysław Starewicz, The Cameraman’s Revenge, 1912

Alles im Wunderland

02. October 2020 - 07. February 2021

 

Monira Al Qadiri / Dominika Bednarsky / Frank Brechter / Edi Danartono / Max Eulitz / Lili Fischer / Sverre Fredriksen & Zaou Vaughan / Ryan Gander / Andreas Greiner / Ann-Kristin Hamm / Klara Hobza / Zac Langdon-Pole / Oliver Laric / Isa Melsheimer / Katja Novitskova / Aude Pariset / Jonathan Penca / Heather Phillipson / Lucy Powell / Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau / Władysław Starewicz / Simon Van Heddegem

Revival / August 19th, til October 10th, 2021