Paradoxurus adustus / Auf frischer Tat
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
18 July – 16 October 2016
Natural history museums have always been places where the study of nature has involved artists. By accompanying naturalists on expeditions, artists have contributed to tell the story of life on Earth, recording, sketching, and depicting what they have seen and documenting the collections in the exhibition rooms through their drawings and presentations.
In line with this tradition, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the German Federal Cultural Foundation have invited a number of international artists to develop interventions for one of Europe’s most renowned natural history museums in a four-year-long model project Kunst/Natur.
In a process of intensive exploration – of the research museum, its collections, exhibitions, and history – the artists will generate new works of art which will be shown in the museum for a limited period of time and subsequently considered for inclusion in the permanent exhibition.
Fernando Bryce comes to the Museum für Naturkunde from the twin perspectives of cultural history and global politics. His two-part work Paradoxurus adustus / Auf frischer Tat addresses not only the museum’s systems of ordering and classifying but also imagery relating to natural history research in the early twentieth century.
Further information: www.kunst.mfn-berlin.de