Fictional Nature

Maximilian Arnold &

Ørjan Einarsønn Døsen
Isabella Fürnkäs

Fabian Knecht
Keto Logua

Viktor Schmidt [Cover Picture]

[Graphic Design] Viktor Schmidt

05/16/2019, 7pm


Dr. Ute Müller-Tischler
Head of Department Art and Culture

About the exhibition

Evelyn Gregel and Jan Tappe

05/17/19 – 07/28/19

06/05/2019, 7pm

SoundPerformance by

Víctor Mazón Gardoqui

06/29+30/2019, 3 – 5pm

Indoor and Outdoor

Survival Workshop

with Heath Bunting

07/10/2019, 7pm


What is nature? How is it perceived and understood? Which actions result from a particular perspective on nature, and how could they differ?

While the philosophy of idealism postulated »wild« nature as the binary opposite of (human) culture, Alexander von Humboldt developed a holistic understanding of nature during his research travels in the 19th century. He conceived of the earth as a complex organism whose countless elements are all interlinked - and conceived of humans as part of these elements.

At that time, European societies had long since begun harnessing their environment through massive interventions: an ongoing process that has put the planet’s ecological balance in a state of permanent crisis and at the same time opens up various future narratives.

As part of the program »Fictional Odyssey« at Bärenzwinger, the exhibition »Fictional Nature« shows four artistic positions that reflect on human conceptions of nature and the related narratives.

Exhibition & events curated by
Evelyn Gregel, Jan Tappe
Tanja Paskalew, Ulrike Riebel

Maximilian Arnold & Ørjan Einarsønn Døsen

Over the course of the past year, the two artists, in addition to their respective independent practice as painters, have dared to work together, combining their two approaches and connecting them on different levels. The »Forecast« is a series of over 25 large-format prints depicting weather reports in studio situations and weather maps. The first stage of the printing process is carried out using  inkjet printing on stone paper, which partially blurs information on the original screenshot and creates blanks.

Maximilian Arnold studied in Karlsruhe and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (with Willem de Rooij). His works were last shown at the Museum für Neue Kunst in Nuremberg, the Spazio Buonasera in Turin, the Max Liebermann Haus (Berlin), the Kunsthaus Baselland.

Ørjan Einarsønn Døsen studied in Oslo, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, where he graduated in 2016. His works were shown a.o. at Fiebach Mieniger (Cologne), Chez Malik (Hamburg), W139 (Amsterdam) and Pantaleons Mühlengasse (Cologne).

Both artists live and work in Berlin. Their joint work is currently also on display at Tor Art Space in Frankfurt am Main.

Isabella Fürnkäs

In her installations, drawings, sound and video works as well as performances Isabella Fürnkäs discusses topics like isolation, corporeality and communication structures. She combines digital and anarchic media, questioning identity, self-awareness and memory. Desire, lust and emotional vulnerability are the main motives of her work.

Isabella Fürnkäs lives in Düsseldorf and Berlin. She studied in Zurich, Vienna, Berlin and Düsseldorf, where she graduated in 2018 as Andreas Gurskys’ master student. Her performances and works have been shown at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the Kunsthalle Wien, the PS120, the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne and the Pogobar of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin. She is currently completing the Bronner Residency in Tel Aviv.

Fabian Knecht

With his works, which often appear unexpectedly in public space, Fabian Knecht breaks out of the exhibition context and into everyday life. He changes patterns of perception and action, transgresses art concepts and power structures, and questions social relations and norms by countering them with strong and provocative images.

Fabian Knecht studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin and at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2014 he completed his master’s degree with Olafur Eliasson, at whose Institut für Raumexperimente he studied from 2009 to 2014. In 2012 he assisted in the studio of Matthew Barney in New York. Fabian Knecht’s works have been shown in national and international institutions and exhibitions, among them the MSU Museum for Contemporary Art (Zagreb), the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), the Imperial War Museum (London), and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. He is represented by Alexander Levy, Berlin and Christophe Gaillard, Paris.



Keto Logua’s sculptures and films often refer to natural phenomena and socio-cultural issues. The artist takes a critical and conceptual approach to found and constructed objects, submitting them to processes of compression and transformation. Examples of this include a 3D print of the world’s first flower, which was reconstructed by a team of scientists last year, or a large sculpture made from elements of a beehive.

Keto Logua studied Painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and Berlin University of the Arts. In 2017 she was a fellow of the Berlin Program for Artists. Her works have been shown at such venues as KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation (Düsseldorf), Between Bridges Berlin (Berlin), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and the goEast Open Frame Award competition at Museum Wiesbaden. In 2018 she was awarded the ars viva Prize for Visual Arts.



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