Thomas Behling

"Unser Bild der Erde" – "Our picture of the earth"

Thomas Behling: "Unser Bild der Erde" – "Our picture of the earth", 2019, 85 x 71 x 15 cm

"Anthroposzenische Landschaften"

Classically romantic landscapes are often untouched landscapes. In the paintings of the American Hudson River School of Painters or in many of Caspar David Friedrich's paintings, nature is the main motif, and humans are not or only marginally present. Man is only a tiny part of the universe - and the painting - and nature is an immense force to which man must submit. For a 19th-century American artist, the amount of untouched and unexplored nature was indeed immeasurable, and even 19th-century European artists could wander through beautiful and mostly empty forests and mountainous regions. The romantic dream of nature is still very much alive. However, the landscapes we mostly travel and live in are cities and rural areas that are almost entirely dominated by human activity. In the so-called Anhtropocene, nature is no longer omnipotent, and humans have become the main actor and disruptive force on the planet. When we read a magazine like National Geographic, most of us are still fascinated by the perfectly rendered photos of natural landscapes in distant parts of the world, but if you actually want to visit these areas, you have to spend many hours on the plane only to find out when you arrive that you are not the only one. However, the landscapes we mostly travel and live in are cities and rural areas that are almost entirely dominated by human activity. In the so-called Anthropocene, nature is no longer omnipotent, and humans have become the main actor and disruptive force on the planet.

Opening on Friday May 24th. at 8 p.m
Duration 24.05. - June 21, 2024

participating artists:
Gleb Bas, Norbert Bauer, Thomas Behling, Roland Boden, Gunnar Borbe, Margit Busch, Andreas Helfer, Ruppe Koselleck, Patricia Lambertus, Anna Lerchbaumer, Julia Münstermann, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Nicole Schuck, Zuzanna Skiba, Anna Staffel, Annette Stemmann, Frans van Tartwijk, Ralf Tekaat, Philip Topolovac, Florian Tuercke, Michael Wendt, Sabine Wewer

GaDeWe – Galerie des Westens
Reuterstraße 9-17
28217 Bremen
Germany

Opening hours:
Wednesday 3 - 7 p.m
Thursday 3 - 9 p.m
Friday 3 - 7 p.m

Closed on public holidays
free admission

"Die Grüne Gefahr" – "The Green Danger"

Thomas Behling: "Die Umweltschützer sind schuld! (Die Lösung)" – "Blame the Environmentalists! (The Solution)", 2023, 18 x 24 cm
Inscription: "It's the environmentalists' fault that we're destroying the planet!"

"Katzenwäsche" – "Wash my fur, but don’t make me wet."

The majority of society wants climate protection, but does not want to change. It becomes nervous, susceptible to fossil lobby campaigns, superstitions and right-wing influences. People are in favor of doing something about man-made global warming, but they still want to fly on vacation. You deny your own fossil addiction. The other countries, the politicians, should take action against the climate crisis. People do not want to see their own responsibility, as voters of political parties and polluters of CO₂ emissions as consumers of flights, cars and goods. Of course, something should change, just not in your own life. Science calls this behavior cognitive dissonance.

artists:
Tom Albrecht, Thomas Behling, Anna Orlikowska, Benna Gaean Maris, Susanna Giese, Stephan Groß, Danny Hermann, Ines Hock, Jens Insensee (Tobias Bilgeri & Jens Isensee), Maria Korporal, Joana Lucas, John Maibohm, Annegret Müller, Froso Papadimitriou, Lita Poliakova, Susa Ramsthaler, Alexander Rommel (aerroscape), Rosa Schmidt, Daniel Theiler, Anja Witt, Alla Zhyvotova

The exhibition will take place both in the gallery (duration May 3rd - June 14th) and in the park (duration May 3rd, from 3 p.m. to Saturday, May 4th, until 3 p.m.).


Program 3.5. – 14.6.2024
Gallery Fridays and Tuesdays 5-8 p.m., in the park Fri. 3.5. from 3 p.m. to Sat. 4.5. 3 p.m.

Opening Fri., 3.5.2024
Park am Engelbecken by the Waldemarbrücke 3 p.m.: Welcome by Tom Albrecht and introduction to the works exhibited there (Installations LAGE EGAL by Stephan Groß and Be(e) here by Ines Hock)
Vernissage 7 pm in the gallery: Welcome: Tom Albrecht, Introduction to the exhibition: Katja Hock, Performance prima klima: Susa Ramsthaler

Artist:Interior talk with performance Fri., 24.5., 7 pm: Artists of the exhibition talk with guests about their works. Performance: WRINGEN/FUR Rosa Schmidt

Lecture with discussion 31.5., 7 pm: “Acting for the climate. Why humans are not doing enough to combat the climate crisis despite knowing better. How do we get moving?” Katharina Simons, Psychologists for Future, Berlin

Finissage Fri, 14.6., 7 pm: Performance: Tom Albrecht sings Verdrängung, guitar Philip Müller-Hohenstein

GG3 – Group Global 3000 e.V.
Leuschnerdamm 19
10999 Berlin
Germany

Gallery opening times: Tuesdays & Fridays: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m (Duration until June 14, 2024)
Park: May 3rd, from 3 p.m. to Saturday, May 4th, until 3 p.m

free admission