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ARCADIA

31 May 2024 – 20 Jun 2024

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
16:00 – 20:00
Friday
16:00 – 20:00
Saturday
12:00 – 17:00
Sunday
Closed

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Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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The more nature dies out and the environment is destroyed, the more we long for the way things used to be. The exhibition and events revive folk traditions, disseminate past knowledge, and create opportunities to interact with nature in an increasingly urbanised world.

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ARCADIA

Aline Schwörer & Oliver Wellmann

Curated by Anna Ratcliffe

31.05 – 20.06.24

Opening: 30.05, 19:00 - 22:00

What Arcadia is, has more than one answer. Arcadia is associated with wilderness and living in harmony with nature. While being otherworldly, the name derives from a part of Greece of great idyllic beauty. In Antiquity, it entered mythology to refer to the domain of the god Pan, who was half-man, half-goat. At times, Arcadia is seen as a vision of Utopia. But it differs from this tradition because, while progressive utopian ideals persist, Arcadia is always a lost paradise.

During the Renaissance, Arcadia became a symbol of pastoral simplicity: having a symbiotic relationship with nature, often epitomised in the role of the shepherd. It is a theme taken up by many artists and poets drawn to the romantic idea of living rustically.

What can Arcadia mean today? An emptiness dwells within us: the result of living overly busy, civilised lives, safe in our homes and offices. We forget we are part of a larger community, the natural world. The more nature dies out and the environment is destroyed, the more we long for the way things used to be.

The exhibition and events revive folk traditions, disseminate past knowledge, and create opportunities to interact with nature in an increasingly urbanised world. Schwörer explores the interaction between humans, the environment and time, thinking of Arcadia as an otherworldly utopia. Wellmann focuses on the pastoral image of Arcadia, revolving around rural landscapes, harvest rituals and spiritual empowerment.

9.06, 14:00 - Collecting and Archiving Clay Workshop

with Aline Schwörer (€12 materials fee, sign up at: info@annaratcliffe.com)

20.06, 18:00 - Summer Solstice Feast

with food installation by Melina Matzanke and artists’ talk

BcmA, Manteuffelstraße 42, 10997 Berlin

Thurs—Fri, 16:00 - 20:00 / Sat 12:00 - 17:00

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Anna Ratcliffe

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Aline Schwörer

Oliver Wellmann

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