Alenka Jamnik: For the trees, for the forest, for the future

Exhibition For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature, Stadium at Lake Wörthersee, Klagenfurt, 8 September to 27 October, 2019

 

For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature is an exhibition at the Wörthersee Stadium, with seating for 30,000 people who normally sit there to watch a football match or a concert. This temporary installation consists of 299 trees, some of which weigh up to 6 tons and are up to 14 meters high (https://forforest.net/en). It will be on display from 8 September to 27 October 2019, when the trees will be replanted nearby. The Swiss artist and curator Klaus Littmann and his team created this installation based on a drawing by the Austrian artist Max Peintner, created between 1970 and 1971.

 

For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature, Wörthersee Stadium near Klagenfurt, 5 September, 2019

 

In addition to the installation in the stadium, two accompanying exhibitions on the topic of trees and forests can be seen in Klagenfurt: the exhibition Max Peintner – Paradise Lost: Negative Utopias from 6 September to 24 November, 2019 in the Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt and Touch Wood with various artists at two venues: from 6 September to 5 January 2020 at the Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt and from 19 September to 5 January 2020 in the Museum Moderne Kunst Kärnten.

 

For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature, Wörthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, 18 October 2019 (photo by: Nena Škerlj)

 

The exhibition For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature – highlights the importance of preserving forests as an important part of nature, a source of oxygen, as protection against erosion, wind, rain and as a home for many animals, plants, mushrooms… Nature disappears before our eyes, like in the Amazon where entire stocks of various trees are burning, biotopes and diverse animal populations and plant communities are disappearing. This exhibition in the stadium evokes strong emotions, it sensitizes, teaches and animates. It is impressive, magnificent and wonderful. One is amazed by every single tree and by the entire intertwined tree community. In a place where people normally watch a moving ball at a football game or a singer in artificial fog on stage, one is now introduced to a piece of nature and reminded that everyone can do something to protect the forest. Why not visit a forest that is closer to you? For some, the greatest value of such a visit is to get away from people, into silence, to admire the living and the immovable world. One really should do that more often, not just in the stadium.

 

(Translation: Urša Vidic)