Mark Dion: Mobile Wilderness - Wolf

Wayward Wilderness

With retrospective character, Mark Dion takes us on a safari through the vast spaces of the museum. The visitor is led through five completely different worlds of experience in the perception of nature.

Mark Dion

Wayward Wilderness

24 October 2015 – 7 February 2016, Marta Herford (Gehry Galleries)

With his artistic “research work” on nature, his passion for collection and his precise ecological questioning, the American artist Mark Dion engages with the primeval relationship between man and his environment.

Yet instead of lapsing into romanticized yearning for nature, he specifically questions traditional ways of thought and teaching. As Mark Dion puts it: “My work is not really about nature, but rather it is a consideration of ideas of nature.”

Employing philosophical clarity, humour and great sensuality, Mark Dion transforms the Gehry Galleries into a tour of nature study laboratories, museum depositories and mysterious hunting grounds. Highly detailed raised hides describe the hunter as both an authority on nature and a hedonistic sportsman. The artist repeatedly slips into the role of an explorer discovering new worlds with a mixture of fascinated curiosity and fear of the unknown.

Elsewhere, Mark Dion uses a more drastic image to spotlight today’s accelerating environmental destruction: a mobile diorama featuring a bison and a wolf as well as an aviary containing live birds bringing nature – or representatives of it – right inside the gallery.

Alongside participation in many international exhibitions, in 1997 the artist (born in 1961) took part with a major contribution in the Biennale in Venice and in 2012 in the documenta 13 in Kassel.

Exhibition views
Guide zur Mark Dion-Ausstellung Informative short guide through the exhibition
Format: 13.3 x 18.7 cm, Softcover
78 pages, texts with illustrations
Language: German | English
Editor: Marta Herford gGmbH
Price: 5 €
Mark Dion: Memory Memory game with reproductions of Mark Dion’s work
Format: 13.3 x 18.7 x 3.5 cm, solid cardboard box
40 sets of identical images / 80 cards, leaflet with a text
Language: German | English
Editor: Marta Herford gGmbH
Price: 25 €
Exhibition support

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Main sponsor

Material sponsors

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Other supporters

Hermann Graf von der Schulenburg, Leopoldshöhe
SWK Servicegesellschaft für Wirtschaft und Kommunen mbH, Herford
Zoo Bachert, Lübbecke
Crüwell Tabakhaus, Bielefeld
Zigarren Hessberger, Bielefeld
Körtner Sicherheitstechnik GmbH, Herford
Klaus Holzinger
JAB Josef Anstoetz KG, Bielefeld

Thank you

Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners for their ongoing support of our program.

Plakat Mark Dion

Exhibition poster

Video: exhibition trailer (English/German)