04 Apr - 09 Sep 2006
DURATION: April 4 - September 9, 2006
LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Vienna, Austria
ARTISTS: Haluk Akakce, Kutluğ Ataman, John Bock, Olafur Eliasson, Illka Halso, Marine Hugonnier, Mariele Neudecker, Olaf Nicolai, Matthew Ritchie, Thomas Ruff, Allan Sekula, Thomas Struth, Diana Thater, and Janaína Tschäpe
In Nature Attitudes the broad thematic of nature and landscape is subject to artistic reflection. While "nature" refers to both real and fictional environments, "attitudes" relates to constructed images and to artifice. With this in mind, the exhibition explores nature as a site, an object of perception and a symptom of fascination, while acknowledging that it is also a culturally produced concept coded in a specific time and space. Today the notion of constructed nature penetrates into evermore domains of life. With the ongoing destruction of nature, the emulation and reconstruction of the very nature that has been disturbed becomes a new terrain of investigation. The artists in this exhibition transgress or break with the conventions of the local, regional view of nature to demonstrate means by which contemporary art engages with and builds upon complex issues of representation.
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