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Landscape Painting in the Deutsche Bank Collection

From naturalistic idylls to the allegories of an interconnected world: with works by over 120 artists, the traveling exhibition "Landscapes of a Century" illuminated various facets of 20th-century landscape painting at the same time providing an insight into the history of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on the continued relevance of a classical subject.


Second nature: Landscape and Photography

Instead of sunsets and images of cherry blossoms in Japan, contemporary landscape photography concentrates on how landscape increasingly resembles civilization. The Becher School in particular, with artists such as Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte and Andreas Gursky, has abandoned the cliche of the calendar picture and has discovered landscape as a no man's land.


Ernesto Neto: Journeys into Inner Landscapes

Macrocosms and microcosms: The room-sized sculptures of the Brazilian-born artist Ernesto Neto evoke psychedelic landscapes ruled by organic formations, gigantic luxuriant growths, and transparent structures in an overall spacial experience. Maria Morais on Neto's sensuous art biotopes that viewers can smell, slip into, carry around, or sit on.


Land Art: Breaking of the Art Space

In the sixties, American artists left their galleries in New York and created monumental, sometimes even archaic artworks in the Nevada desert or on the icy rivers of the north. Land Art was one of the first attempts at striking back at civilization's angst and environmental destruction by creating minimal forms in natural environments.


Outdoors: the Art of the Landscape

Picnics in the park and romantic sunsets have given way to images of world war battlefields and ongoing ecological catastrophes. This drastic change in landscape portrayal has clouded our relationship to nature, while in contemporary art, working with landscape is unthinkable without an element of either distance or irony. For this reason, db artmag�s current issue is dedicated to this subject. Do images still exist that reveal a longing for a life outdoors? +++ Under the title �Landscape of a Century,� works from the Deutsche Bank Collection made guest appearances in national and international museums from 1999-2002: Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on the path leading from Expressionism and its search for an original state to post-modern strategies regarding landscape painting. +++ In the sixties, New York-based artists left their galleries and created monumental and archaic works in the Nevada desert or on the icy rivers of the north. Harald Fricke discusses the beginnings of Land Art, when minimal forms were used as a statement against environmental destruction. +++ Ernesto Neto makes luxuriant psychedelic landscapes from organic structures that physically interact with the viewer. Maria Morais portrays the Brazilian artist and his amorphous world of forms. +++ In photography, landscape has long been considered potentially kitsch. Yet with Becher students such as Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, and Andreas Gursky, that view has definitely changed. Their works show just how much contemporary civilization has influenced our image of nature.