Climate Change, Ecology, The Future And More : 10 Exhibitions To Visit This Summer

 

 

This summer, take the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking exhibitions shedding light on the pressing matters of climate crises and other social issues. These exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to understand the challenges we face and explore sustainable solutions. Join us as we explore 10 impactful exhibitions that will help us foster a deeper connection with each other and our planet.

 


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IMAGINE: CORAL REEF REGENERATIVE DESIGN

Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin
Berlin, Germany
3 May - 23 June

Co-hosted by the Institute of Design Research Vienna and EOOS, 'Imagine: Coral Reef. Regenerative Design' is an experimental design exhibition aimed at exploring the intricate biodiversity and beauty of coral reefs. This exhibition highlights the imminent threat of extinction facing these vital ecosystems and demonstrates how coral reefs inspire new principles of regenerative design, highlighting how much humanity still has yet to learn from nature. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the fascinating world of the underwater rainforest, by engaging with an immersive and tactile environment of macro-corals, based on the design instructions of Christine and Margaret Wertheim.

 
 
 
 
 
 

FARMING FOR FUTURE

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Canada
Permanent Exhibit

This exhibition tackles the problem of farming and its impact on the environment. ‘Farming For Future’ allows visitors to explore new technologies and agricultural practices that increase the efficiency of cultivation while reducing the negative effects on our climate. The exhibition presents a variety of interactive activities that allow visitors to experience what it's like to drive a tractor, and take part in other farming operations. Learn all about what makes soil healthy and all the other factors that weigh in the making of a good harvest! This is a permanent exhibit at the museum and is catered for both adults and children.

 
 
 
 
 
 

ÜBER TOURISMUS

Architekturzentrum Wien
Vienna, Austria
21 March - 9 September

Tourism has become an integral part of Western lifestyles. While the exhibition acknowledges the benefits of tourism in that it builds a healthy appetite for travel and interest for other cultures, it also encourages visitors to consider the environmental, societal, and climatic impacts of holidaying abroad. By highlighting the negative consequences of tourism, the exhibition invites visitors to envision a different approach—one not based on constant consumption and growth. Through illustrations, examples, and data, it explores various phenomena that could make tourism more sustainable, benefiting not just the environment but the industry as a whole.

 
 
 
 
 
 

RE-STOR(Y)ING OCEANIA

Ocean Space
Venice, Italy
23 March – 13 October

Ocean Space introduces a vital perspective to current discussions about the natural world with their exhibition “Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania.” This exhibition highlights the work and lives of those most affected by the climate crisis: the Indigenous communities of the Pacific islands. These communities have a deep, ancient relationship with nature, yet colonization and its ongoing legacy have led to the exploitation of their natural resources. In this era of environmental crises, the exhibition seeks to counteract this exploitation by celebrating Indigenous Oceanic art, music, and culture. Visitors can develop a newfound understanding and appreciation for these ancient cultures and learn about the enduring ancestral powers embedded within the natural world.

 
 
 

TS’UU CEDAR- OF TREES AND PEOPLE


Humboldt lab
Berlin, Germany
Until 12 January 2025

Echoing the themes explored by Ocean Space, this exhibition, hosted by the Humboldt Lab in Berlin in collaboration with the Haida Gwaii Museum in British Columbia, Canada, delves into the ancient connection between land and its people. It focuses on the culture and art of Indigenous communities, specifically highlighting the First Nations and their profound bond with the coastal rainforests—many of which have been devastated by industrial activities. Central to this exhibition is the significance of cedar, which plays a crucial role in the art, livelihood, and ecological knowledge of these communities.

 
 
 

PLANET OCEAN.

The Box
Plymouth, UK
16 March - 23 February

Hosted in the coastal city of Plymouth, Planet Ocean explores the city and its inhabitants’ past and present relationship to the ocean. The exhibition displays collections of specimens, objects and artworks pertaining to the overarching themes of plankton, pollution, people and the planet, to share the facts, findings and stories that bring hope in the face of the climate crises and promote the advocacy of the ocean in future. The exhibition is supported by South-west ocean based organizations such as Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association.

 
 
 
 
 

HUMAN/NATURE: SELECTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DRAWINGS AND PRINTS.

The MET
New York, US
13 June - 24 September

Centered around drawings, prints, and illustrations from America and Europe spanning the 1400s to the present, this exhibition focuses on the evolving relationship between nature and humanity as portrayed by various artists over the centuries. It offers a striking insight into the changing artistic techniques and visual practices through the ages as well as a profound exploration of humanity's understanding and enduring fascination with the natural world. From early natural history drawings of insects and plants to prints depicting natural disasters of the past and present, this exhibition vividly captures how humanity oscillates between admiration for nature, and a deep sense of horror in the face of its power.

 
 
 
 
 
 

COAL + ICE

Asia Society and Museum
New York, US
13 February - 11 August

This exhibition addresses the heart of the climate crisis, by presenting visitors with captivating photography and videos that visualize the causes and devastating consequences of climate change, while shining a spotlight on the creative solutions that exist to combat the problem. The exhibition features the work of over 30 photographers and artists from across the globe, whose work explores a century-long progression of climate change,from the depths of coal mines to the melting glaciers of the Himalayas.The Exhibition has its origins in Beijing, China and has since been showcased in Paris, San Francisco, Washington DC and now, in New York.

 
 
 
 
 
 

FUTURE NOW.

Scone Administration Centre
New South Wales, Australia.
10 June - 15 November

Organized by the Australian Museum, The Future Now exhibition has been touring through parts of Australia for 2 years now. Its latest stop will be at the Scone Administration Centre in New South Wales. Future now is an exhibition jam-packed with exciting new ideas that imagine a sustainable future for all. Featuring scale models, audio-visual content and more, the exhibition depicts a future of flying cars and community gardens. The exhibition intends to show the ways in which new innovations can be incorporated into daily life so that we can form a symbiotic relationship with the natural world without compromising our desire for advancement. Leave this exhibition with a toolkit full of ideas to help lower costs, protect biodiversity and combat climate change.

 
 
 

EXTREME ICE

Griffin Museum of Science + Industry
Chicago, US
Permanent Exhibit

The “Extreme Ice” exhibit is currently one of the most compelling and impactful attractions at the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This immersive experience takes visitors below to remote glaciers of the world to witness the devastating impact of climate change up close. The exhibit aims to inspire awe at the beauty and vastness of the ice-crusted glaciers while raising awareness about the critical issue of global warming and the melting of ice. Visitors are likely to leave with a renewed commitment to combat the problem of global warming and preserve what beauty remains of the natural world. This is a permanent exhibit at the institute and is appropriate for all ages.

 
 

+ Highlight Image: © Courtesy The Australian Museum

+ Words

Liza Silva
Luxiders Magazine