Special Exhibition 2018

International Day of Botanical Art
Opening: 18 May 2018, 7 pm

At the international “Day of Botanical Art” two exhibitions will open in Thüngersheim simultaneously: “Flora’s Old Masters” shows portraits of plants from the 16th to the 18th centuries while “Flora’s New Masters” presents contemporary botanical artworks. The opening begins at 7 pm in the museum WeinKulturGaden with introductory remarks by Birgit Strehler, an expert on Sibylla Merian.

A musical journey through time will accompany the visitors to the Forum Botanische Kunst. Here the exhibition “Flora’s New Masters” with contemporary botanical artworks from Germany and Austria will open at circa 8.30 pm.

Botanical Art Worldwide - Flora's New Masters

Visitors in the Forum Botanische Kunst (Foto: Stefan Bausewein)

Contemporary Botanical Art from Germany and Austria

For the first time, botanical artists from 22 countries have joined together to connect people to plants through botanical art. Hundreds of artists around the world have been seeking out plants native to their home countries and capturing them in paint, pencil, and ink to raise awareness of wild plant diversity. 

Each country will curate an exhibition of original botanical artworks to be hung in 2018, with events scheduled for a specific day worldwide on 18 May 2018. Participating countries will provide digital slide shows of up to 40 works to be compiled with all other countries’ images and shown at each venue.

The German contribution with guest artists from Austria will be shown in Thüngersheim in the gallery “Forum Botanische Kunst” and bear the title “Flora’s New Masters”. It is organized by the botanical artists Sylvia Peter and Verena Redmann, both members of the international steering committee.

A website showing information about the exhibitions of all participating countries can be found at
www.botanicalartworldwide.info

Parallel Exhibition: „Flora's Old Masters“

Maria Sibylla Merian - Figs (Foto: Kunstkabinett Strehler)
Maria Sibylla Merian - Figs (Foto: Kunstkabinett Strehler)

Maria Sibylla Merian and other botanical painters from the 16th through the 18th centuries

Parallel to this contemporary exhibition, there will be a presentation of historical notabilities of this genre shown in the museum WeinKulturGaden in Thüngersheim. The portrayal of plants has a rich tradition in Germany and in Europe. In the service of science, painters of plants travelled to foreign countries and described their flora in pictures. Princes and bishops from the time of the Renaissance on had their special gardens eternized through plant portraits. Kunstkabinett Strehler, art dealers from Sindelfingen, will present original copperplate-engravings and watercolors by Maria Sibylla Merian, Georg Hoefnagel, of the “Hortus Eystettensis” and other masters of art history.

„Flora's New Masters“

19 May - 22 July 2018

Forum Botanische Kunst
Obere Hauptstraße 18
97291 Thüngersheim

Gallery hours:
Saturday, Sunday and on holidays, 1 - 6 pm

www.botanische-kunst.de

„Flora's Old Masters“

19 May - 22 July 2018

WeinKulturGaden
Kirchgasse 2
97291 Thüngersheim

Open to the public:
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

www.weinkulturgaden.de

Gallery hours

During exhibitions
Saturday - Sunday and on holidays 1.00 - 6.00 pm

Contact

Forum Botanische Kunst

Obere Hauptstraße 18
D-97291 Thüngersheim

Phone 00 49 (0) 93 64 - 81 36 33
Mail info@botanische-kunst.de