Kunstformen Der Natur
Ernst Haeckel is an inspiration to us. He was an evolutionary biologist ("the German Darwin") that was a gifted draughtsman and painter as well. However talented, Haeckel realised that the visualisation of his discoveries needed a professional artist. So he found a great one. All his life he worked together with Adolf Giltsch, a Leiptzig based lithographer who made the scientific illustrations for Haeckels publications.
Later in their career, at the end of the 19th century, they started to publish a pop-science digest of their work: Kunstformen der Natur (Art forms of nature). Kunstformen was a collection of 100 magnificent lithographs with the best of their work.
Kunstformen was a great commercial succes and inspired many artists from then till the current day.
Kunstformen der Natur On Tour
Coming soon to the city of Nijmegen
The Kunstformen der Natur exhibition returned at the end of 2015 in collaboration with Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen. After the popular exhibition of all 100 prints at Mediamatic last year, we have selected 80 of them for the exciting location in the east of The Netherlands. We blew them…
Kunstformen For Sale!
Haeckel posters and shirts available
Brighten up your walls and wardrobe with Kunstformen Der Natur from German biologist Ernst Haeckel. From Radiolaria to jellyfish, in black and white or brightly colored. All 100 large scale posters (107x241), previously shown in the Kunstformen Der Natur exhibition are for sale for only €60,00.
Haeckel-File #3: Haeckel the Nazi
Would evolution theory inescapably have to lead to fascist eugenics?
Haeckel has not only been badmouthed for things he actually did or believed during his life (see the two previous Haeckel-Files on racism and fraud), he has also been partially blamed for what happened years after his death in 1919: Nazi Germany.
Haeckel-File #1: Haeckel the racist
Maybe you have lately visited the Amsterdam library and its exhibition on slavery. If so, you probably came across this drawing from Haeckel. To our twenty-first century eyes, this is quite a disturbing drawing. And it certainly allows for the question: Was Haeckel a racist?