Plants as data repositories, algae as energy sources and microorganisms as empathic dialog partners: The exhibition project "1.5 Degrees" examines the complex interplay between man, nature and technology and, following a multi-voiced approach, demonstrates how the climate crisis is affecting every area of life. In the form of thematic fragments, the exhibition extends across all floors of the museum, integrating the areas displaying the permanent collection, and further to the grounds of the German National Garden Show Mannheim 2023, BUGA 23. Individual chapters deal, among other things, with artistic forms of activism, the significance of human-animal relations or the connection between art, science and technology. Artists such as Ernesto Neto, melanie bonajo, Marianna Simnett, Laure Prouvost, Tita Salina or Trevor Paglen on the one hand point to the impending ecological dangers and on the other hand emphasize the hope-giving potential of creativity and innovation.
With "1.5 Degrees" the Kunsthalle Mannheim, as a partner of BUGA 23, is moving beyond the museum's spatial boundaries: artists Olaf Holzapfel and Fabian Knecht are realising walk-in and site-specific installations on the garden show’s exhibition grounds, inviting the public to participate.
Curators: Johan Holten, Anja Heitzer, Sebastian Schneider, Pia Goebel (assistant curator)
Artists: Apparatus 22, Lee Bae, Joseph Beuys, melanie bonajo, Daniel Canogar, Julian Charrière, Peter Fend, Lili Fischer, Eva Gentner, Kyriaki Goni, Andreas Greiner, Romuald Hazoumè, Olaf Holzapfel, Anne Duk Hee Jordan & Pauline Doutreluingne, Anselm Kiefer, Tomas Kleiner, Fabian Knecht, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Marino Marini, Guadalupe Miles, Ernesto Neto, Otobong Nkanga, Trevor Paglen, Emerson Pontes / Uýra Sodoma, Laure Prouvost, Germaine Richier, Tita Salina, Günther & Loredana Selichar, Marianna Simnett, Bahzad Sulaiman, SUPERFLEX, Margaret & Christine Wertheim, Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana
With the support of:
Interdependencies between Life, the Cosmos, and Technology
Editors: Irina Danieli, Inge Herold, Johan Holten, Eva Horn, Thomas Köllhofer, Sebastian Schneider
Design by Karsten Heller
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2023
German / English
Price 32,00 Euro in the museum shop of the Kunsthalle Mannheim
1.5 Degrees: Also at the National Garden Show 2023, BUGA 23 in Mannheim
As a partner of BUGA 23, Kunsthalle Mannheim will be transgressing its limits as a museum in the exhibition 1.5 Degrees: The artists Olaf Holzapfel and Fabian Knecht will be realizing accessible and site-specific installations on the grounds of the National Garden Show in the framework of the exhibition. A co-production of Kunsthalle Mannheim and BUGA 23, especially conceived and implemented for this major event, the audience will be invited to participate and is encouraged to critically examine how humanity relates to nature around us.
Isolation (Brache), 2023, Courtesy Fabian Knecht und alexander levy, Berlin
When viewed from outside, the cube seems unspectacular, but its interior reveals a surprise: a meadow extending over the entire ground area of the space. It seems as if the artist has brought an ecosystem into the architecture. People who take a closer look even discover insects.
But it is actually fallow land that is otherwise found at this location, on which the artist erected a room, but dispensed with a floor. The grassy area now appears in front of windowless walls and in the light of fluorescent tubes. The room is reminiscent of a museum or art gallery. However, no paintings or sculptures are exhibited here, but the naturally grown vegetation. Knecht intertwines nature and culture in his work in an impressive way.
Credit © Fabian Knecht, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, photo: Kunsthalle Mannheim; Elmar Witt
you will return there, 2022/23
Rye straw, wickerwork, timber framework, Installation view The German National Garden Show Mannheim 2023 (BUGA 23)
The walk-through sculpture you will return there by Olaf Holzapfel is part of the exhibition 1.5 degrees, which is currently on view at the Kunsthalle Mannheim and on the grounds of BUGA 23. It is clad with straw, a natural material that has shaped the landscapes of Central Europe for centuries, including the Rhine-Neckar region. For Holzapfel, the use of this material is deeply connected to his engagement with locally available resources. The artist is interested in how their presence affects human cultural techniques.
An example of this is the half-timbered construction. Here, it is the height of the tree trunks that stipulates how high the rooms erected using them can be. Holzapfel's sculpture draws on this technique as well as on the craft of wickerwork: the willow rods serve him as a basic building block from which a serially shaped wickerwork is created. Holzapfel's passage-like sculpture stands for the wholeness of nature and man, which seems to have been suppressed, but is currently being rediscovered by progressive currents in art, architecture and urban planning.
Credit © Olaf Holzapfel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, Foto: Kunsthalle Mannheim; Elmar Witt