21.7. – 30.9.21

Art meets Science


If we com¬≠pa¬≠re the histo¬≠ry of sci¬≠ence with art histo¬≠ry, we‚Äôll find that the¬≠se two are¬≠as of rese¬≠arch into life used to be one. Over time, a fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tal sepa¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on of the¬≠se two world¬≠views seems to have occur¬≠red. But the con¬≠nec¬≠tion bet¬≠ween sophisti¬≠ca¬≠ted prin¬≠ces‚Äô cabi¬≠nets of curio¬≠si¬≠ties, the pre¬≠cur¬≠sors of today‚Äôs muse¬≠ums of natu¬≠ral histo¬≠ry, and artis¬≠tic pre¬≠sence had sin¬≠ce their begin¬≠ning been mutual¬≠ly stimulating‚ÄĒas spaces whe¬≠re artists were part of the pro¬≠cess of explo¬≠ring nature.

Against this back­drop, the Natural History Museum, Leipzig, and D21 Artspace have invi­ted Leipzig artists Erik Weiser and Theresa Zwerschke to enga­ge artis­ti­cal­ly with the museum’s collec­tion. Erik Weiser has stu­di­ed the various fish spe­ci­es and re-crea­ted them using curious mate­ri­als, such as neon-colo­red snea­kers. His works will be shown from 21 July to 3 September 2021 on the second floor of the Natural History Museum.

Theresa Zwerschke on the other hand starts from the spe­cial cha­rac­te­ris­tics of the Oenothera (evening prim­ro­se) and responds to its forms and beha­vi­or in artis­tic ways. She is inte­res­ted in the museum’s her­ba­ria. In an artis­tic rese­arch, she traces mate­ria­liz­a­ti­ons of the bota­ni­cal know­ledge that is stored in the her­ba­ri­um and of its con­nec­tion to a colo­ni­al past. She begins by asking how the collec­tion was com­pi­led and in which con­texts the plants were found and sear­ches for ways of pre­sen­ting and making visu­al the collec­ted know­ledge that would help to expand a sci­en­ti­fic approach to the her­ba­ri­um through new nar­ra­ti­ves. Her instal­la­ti­on will be shown at the Natural History Museum’s pre­sen­ta­ti­on room from 7 to 30 September 2021.