Press Release

Animals are a frequent subject of debate these days. Do they have a soul? How much do they suffer? Are we under any obligation to protect their individuality by granting them rights? Are human beings morally authorized to do as they want with animals, to consume them, rob them of their freedom and train them for the purposes of entertainment? Scientific discussion takes the relationship between animal and human being very seriously. In the everyday life of our consumption-oriented society, on the other hand, that relationship oscillates between unreflecting exploitation and sentimental anthropomorphization. Against the background of these contrasts, the exhibition ANIMALS at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) will be geared primarily towards informing visitors and sensitizing them to ways and means of respectful co-existence. With a view to the visual and applied arts but also to science, the show will undertake to re-evaluate the common history of man and animal from the perspective of a wide range of epochs, cultures and media. Loans from museums as well as natural history and ethnology-oriented institutions of Germany and the world will enhance the objects from the MKG’s own abundant and diverse collection. The chief focus will be on works of the visual arts in which the interaction between animal and man gives rise to something altogether new. So-called thematic islands will unite creations of high culture with those from popular contexts, while also integrating examples from indigenous cultures and natural history. The exhibition will feature some 200 objects dating from antiquity to the present, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, video art, large-scale installations and films. In addition to the 1,200 square metres exhibition there are 14 satellite locations throughout the entire museum that focus on animals. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in German) published by Hirmer Verlag.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2017

ANIMALS. Respect / Harmony /Subjugation

Museum und Gewerbe, Hamburg (Germany)

03.11.2017 - 04.03.2018




Exhibition November 03, 2017 - March 4, 2018. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg , Steintorplatz  - 20099 Hamburg (Germany). T +49 40 428134880. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm, Thursday 10am–9pm.






ANIMALS. Respect / Harmony /Subjugation, Museum und Gewerbe, Hamburg

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2017. All Rights Reserved

Artists: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla / Max Beckmann / Joseph Beuys / Jean Carriès / Albrecht Dürer / Max Ernst / Emmanuel Frémiet / Johann Heinrich Füssli / Jean Paul Gaultier / Giambologna / Douglas Gordon / Francisco de Goya / Ernst Haeckel / Anna Haifisch / George Herriman / Akihiro Higuchi / Hans Hoffmann / Alexander von Humboldt / Fernand Khnopff / Athanasius Kircher / Walt Kelly / Paul Klee / Franz Marc / Gabriel von Max / Henri Rousseau / Michael Schmidt / George Stubbs / Franz von Stuck / Ai Weiwei and many others

This exhibition explores the relationship of animals and mankind with a view on the arts and focusses on ethical, spiritual and emotional questions. The centre for Natural History (CeNak) at the University of Hamburg, as a cooperation institution of the MKG, completes the perspective with a scientific view of mankind in the animal world. Beside the joint projects with the Zoological Museum, CeNak presents a special exhibition Vanishing Legacys: The world as a Forest (November 10, 2017–March 29, 2018) addressing the current research results regarding species extinction, deforestation and climate change.

Curator : Prof. Dr. Sabine Schulze, Director, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg



Raptor’s Rapture, 2012, HD Video, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Lisson Gallery, London. © Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla; Courtesy of Allora & Calzadilla and Lisson Gallery, London