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