15 JUNE  - 03 NOVEMBER 2024

Amidst a world rapidly changing under the weight of climate change, the exhibition "I Feel the Earth Whisper" at Museum Frieder Burda invites us to contemplate the fragile beauty of the natural world and our profound interconnectedness with it. Through the installations of Bianca Bondi, Julian Charrière, Sam Falls and Ernesto Neto – including sculpture, painting, video and photography – the show curated by Patricia Kamp and Jérôme Sans, invites us to reflect upon our relationship with the forests and unique ecosystems of the planet, and to rekindle our historically rooted role as guardians of these vibrant living spaces. Exceptionally united for the first time, the artists' works not only draw our gaze outward to the natural landscapes but also invite the living world inside, creating immersive spaces that allow us to experience the interconnected realms of the human and the more-than-human. By weaving together threads of mythology, cosmology, and ecology, the exhibition encourages its guests to listen to and feel the voices and vibrations of the Earth anew.

Bianca Bondi, Salt kisses my lichens away

Bianca Bondi, Salt kisses my lichens away, 2024. Courtesy of the artist and mor Charpentier © Bianca Bondi; Foto: N. Kazakov

Julian Charrière, Calls for Action

Julian Charrière, Calls for Action, 2024 Coastal Forest in Ecuador, 24h Live Übertragung (Video + Ton), Telefonverbindung © Julian Charrière, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024; Foto: N. Kazakov

As the Museum Frieder Burda commemorates its 20th anniversary, the exhibition "I Feel the Earth Whisper" pays tribute to its founder Frieder Burda's visionary spirit and enduring legacy. Connected to the greatest minds and creators of his generation, the German collector built his museum at a human scale. Designed by Richard Meier nestled within the picturesque park Lichtentaler Allee, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Baden-Baden, the museum's light-filled spaces create a harmonious symbiosis between art, architecture, and the breathtaking, contemplative natural surroundings. The interplay of light and nature within the museum’s architecture blurs the boundary between the outside and inside, creating a dynamic and immersive environment that challenges the traditional white-cube museum aesthetic. Situated near the borders of France and Switzerland, the museum resides within the enigmatic Black Forest, a region with legends and spiritual resonance. As a response to the museum’s unique history and positioning in Baden-Baden, a town steeped in the tradition of healing and restoration due to its mineral-rich thermal waters and historical bathhouses, the exhibition explores the concept of healing on multiple levels – physical, emotional, and environmental – calling for environmental stewardship and inspiring a harmonious relationship with ourselves and the Earth.

Sam Falls, Waldeinsamkeit

Sam Falls, Waldeinsamkeit, Installationsansicht Museum Frieder Burda, 2024 © Sam Falls; Foto: Etienne Rougery-Herbaut

Ernesto Neto, Blue tree

Ernesto Neto, Blue tree, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles; Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro © Ernesto Neto; Foto: N. Kazakov

A rich accompanying program expands the museum space and conventional exhibition practice, engaging visitors to experience nature and community, body and spirit, in new ways.

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The audio guide of the Transformers show delves into the experimental and animated nature of this radical exhibition. In four in-depth conversations, exhibition curator Udo Kittelmann investigates aspects and issues regarding artificial intelligence. These stimulating and inspiring conversations explore often surprising thoughts on “what if” scenarios in a radically changed future.
Louisa Clement (b. 1987 in Bonn, Germany) graduated from Düsseldorf art academy in 2015. Will machines become our doppelgangers? In this conversation, Udo Kittelmann and Louisa Clement speak about digital footprints, adaptive AI, digital networks, and isolation, sharing thoughts equally intriguing and disconcerting about three-dimensional likenesses.
Annemie Vanackere is a Belgian festival curator and theater director. Since 2012 she has been the director and CEO of the theater Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. In addition to discussing the impact that the technologization and digitization of our lives has on the performing arts, Kittelmann and Vanackere talk about multiple intelligences and empathy.
Dr. Clara Meister is an international curator. Her curatorial work focuses on topics of translation, language, and music. In this conversation, Udo Kittelmann and Clara Meister explore the relationship between technology and nature, questioning technological progress and advocating more space for plant and other nonhuman intelligences in handling technological progress.
“Why are humans not content with themselves?” Alice Lagaay is a philosopher who is actively involved in developing performance as an interdisciplinary field of research. In this conversation on Jordan Wolfson’s animatronic sculpture Female Figure, Kittelmann and Lagaay discuss issues such as technological self-manipulation, the alluring and overwhelming qualities of machines, and the misogynistic aspects of the work.

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