NATURE UNLEASHED The Image of Catastrophe since 1600

29 June - 14 October 2018
Eugène Isabey (1803–1886)  Schiffbruch des Dreimasters »Emily« im Jahr 1823, 1865 Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 345 cm Musée d’arts de Nantes © Foto: Gérard Blot / Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais des Champs ElyséesEugène Isabey (1803–1886) Schiffbruch des Dreimasters »Emily« im Jahr 1823, 1865 Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 345 cm Musée d’arts de Nantes © Foto: Gérard Blot / Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais des Champs Elysées

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.