The weather – beautiful and threatening in equal measure – is always with us. Weather is climate made tangible, and the record of weather patterns over a period of thirty years can be read as a climate trend. Weather and climate determine our life and survival on earth. The exhibition asks to what extent short-term weather events and long-term climate change influence human civilisation and culture. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to this highly topical subject, we are showing a wide range of objects, spanning art, cultural history and science from all over the world. Amongst many others the show includes works by John Constable, William Turner, Gustave Courbet and Otto Modersohn. The history of meteorology and current aspects of global climate change play a central role in the exhibition.
The exhibition is divided into twelve spaces that describe different elements and phenomena of the weather as they unfold over the course of an eventful day – from a mythically charged dawn to sun, air and the sea in the morning, moving on to fog, clouds, rain and wind in the afternoon and gale, thunderstorm, snow and ice in the evening. The wonder and beauty of the individual weather phenomena and their scientific computation and explanation are given equal billing.
An Exhibition by the Bundeskunsthalle and the Deutsches Museum in Bonn
In Cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst
Curators: Stephan Andreae, Ralph Burmester, Andrea Niehaus
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
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