Chritoph Draeger at “Nature Unleashed”, Hamburger Kunsthalle

In a large-scale exhibition spanning several epochs, the Hamburger Kunsthalle traces based on important works how artists working in different media picture natural catastrophes while also shedding light on humanity’s failure to come to terms with nature due, among other things, of our faith in technology. »Nature Unleashed: The Image of Catastrophe since 1600« features approximately 120 exhibits, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, films and videos. As viewers make their way past blazing fires, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and sinking ships, they will take note of pictorial constants in the expression of such disasters but will also become aware of the differences in depiction from one era to the next. The show’s special appeal lies in the close juxtaposition of artworks created centuries apart. The trajectory of exhibited works spans an arc from the years around 1600 to the present day. Contemporary works serve to anchor the theme in the here and now and underline its topicality.

Catastrophes are omnipresent. The media constantly reports on natural disasters, acts of war, political upheavals and other crisis scenarios, characterising them all with the common term »catastrophe«. Catastrophes don’t just happen, they are made. It is only in our perception, in our active engagement with such drastic events that they take on distinctive contours and reveal their typical face. Every age makes its own catastrophes and redefines the criteria by which certain events are labelled as such. These fundamental observations form the basis for the exhibition project.

Alongside pieces from the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s own collections, important works were loaned by prestigious museums and collections including the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Kunsthaus Zurich.

A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition in which all works on view are presented with individual commentaries. Catalogue essays contributed by experts on this complex topic set it against the backdrop of current catastrophe research.

The exhibition is a cooperative project between the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Chair of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Passau.

With works by
Nicolai Abilgaard (1743–1809), Andreas Achenbach (1815–1910), Jan Asselijn (um 1610 – 1652), Félix Auvray (1800–1833), Jakob Becker (1810–1872), Oscar Begas (1828–1883),Josef Bergler d. J. (1753–1829), Hermann Biow (1803–1850), Julius von Bismarck (*1983), Leonaert Bramer (1596–1674), Franz Ludwig Catel (1778–1856), Henri-Guillaume Chatillon (1780–1856), Johan Christian Dahl (1788–1857), Henri-Pierre Danloux (1753–1809), Auguste Desperret (1804–1865), Christoph Draeger (*1965), Elger Esser (*1967), Kota Ezawa (*1969), Pietro Fabris (tätig 1740–1792), Maso Finiguerra (1426–1464), John Flaxman (1755–1826), Giovanni Battista Franco (1510 – um 1561), Caspar David Friedrich (1774 –1840), Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741–1825), Oliviero Gatti (1579–1648), Jacob Gensler (1808–1845), Martin Gensler (1811–1881), Théodore Géricault (1791–1824), James Gillray (1757–1815), Alexis-Francois Girard (1787–1870), Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767–1824), Filippo Giuntotardi (1767–1831), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (1562–1638), Jakob Philipp Hackert (1737–1807), August Haun (1815–1894), Daniel van Heil (1604–1664), Marikke Heinz-Hoek (*1944), Wenzel Hollar (1607–1677), Eugène Isabey (1803–1886), Christian Jankowski (*1968), Rudolf Jordan (1810–1887), Hermann Kauffmann d. Ä. (1808–1889), Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), Ferdinand Kobell (1740–1799), Thomas Kohl (*1960), Jacques-Philippe Lebas (1707–1783), Héctor Leroux (1829–1900), Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808–1880), William Lodge (1649–1689), Melchior Lorck (1526/27 – nach 1583), Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740–1812), Caspar Luyken (1672–1708), Bernhard Martin (*1966), John Martin (1789–1854), Johan Mayr (Lebensdaten unbekannt), Felix Meyer (1653–1713), Johann Georg Meyer (1813–1886), Mime Misu (1888–1953), Aert van der Neer (1603/04–1677), Marcel Odenbach (*1953), Olphaert den Otter (*1955), August Pezzey d. J. (1875–1904), Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781–1835), Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), Tommaso Piroli (um 1750/52 – 1824), Egbert Lievensz. van der Poel (1621–1664), Friedrich Preller (1804–1878), Josef Carl Berthold Püttner (1821–1881), Johann Heinrich Ramberg (1763–1840), Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754–1829), Hubert Robert (1733–1808), Friedrich von Rohde (Lebensdaten unbekannt), Charles Roß (1816–1858), Francesco Rosselli (1445 – vor 1513), Aloys Rump (*1949), Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours (1752–1809), Karin Sander(*1957), Christian Friedrich Scheib (1737–1810), Hans-Christian Schink (*1961), Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872), Uta Schotten (*1972), Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), Valentin Sonnenschein (1749–1828), Otto Speckter (1807–1871), Thomas Struth (*1954), Johann Georg Trautmann (1713–1769), Gillis van Valckenborch (1570–1622), Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes (1750–1819), VALIE EXPORT (*1940), Dirck Jacobsz. Vellert (um 1480/85 – um 1547), Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714–1789), Simon Jacobsz. de Vlieger (um 1601 – 1653), Pierre-Jacques Volaire (1729–1799), Marten de Vos (1532–1603/04), Georg Wasner (*1973), Adam Willaerts (1577–1664), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), Wilhelm Friedrich Wulff (1808-1882), Michael Wutky (1739–1823)