Botanical Art in Germany
In September 2009 the first gallery for botanical art in Germany was founded by Sylvia Peter (botanical artist) and Michael Junginger (forest scientist). The gallery represents a variety of international botanical artists working in different media.
Watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs and plant objects are presented. Artists from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, the USA and Japan show their works in thematic exhibitions.
Falling leaves, flapping wings
Entire walls are filled with ferns, fungi, beetles and butterflies in the fall exhibition at the gallery Forum Botanische Kunst. During a scholarship, Japanese artist Asuka Hishiki discovered the wildlife in Germany's forests and designed an artist's wallpaper on the subject. She arranges plants and insects according to their habitat in the light or shady, damp parts of the forest. She thus illustrates a research project at the University of Würzburg, which is investigating the influence of clearings and deadwood on biodiversity in commercial forests. The design of this exclusive wallpaper was developed in creative collaboration with scientists from the Fabrikschleichach research station in the Hassberge mountains.
Cologne painter Andreas Hentrich also has a soft spot for ornamental papers. Small leaves punched out of origami paper fall to the ground like autumn leaves, flowers swirl through the picture. In very small or very large photorealistic watercolors, he captures their light movements and combines the fleeting play of chance with the arranged patterns of the paper designers.
The interplay between Germany and Japan, between ornament and nature, is complemented by classic plant and insect paintings by the two artist friends.
Botanical Art Worldwide I – Flora’s new Masters
In May 2018, Botanical Artists celebrated the plant world for the first time in a joint exhibition project: "Botanical Art Worldwide." Digitally connected exhibitions took place simultaneously in 25 countries on six continents. The artists portrayed the native plants of each country.
Botanical Art Worldwide II – Crop Diversity
2025 will see the second global project in the Botanical Art Worldwide series. The focus will then be on the diversity of useful plants, heirloom fruit and vegetables or their wild conspecifics, medicinal plants, woody and fibrous plants. We are pleased to host the German-Austrian contribution at the Forum Botanische Kunst again.