01.12.19 – 01.06.20

Feathers – warmth, seduction, flight

Logo Feathers – warmth, seduction, flight
Photo: Seamus Murphy
Anyone who has ever snuggled into a cosy down jacket or curled up and fallen blissfully asleep under a light feather duvet knows that feathers are one of nature’s marvels. They are both commonplace and amazing. A bird’s body is covered with thousands of feathers, including contour feathers, down, bristle feathers and many other highly specialized kinds, each with their own function in the bird’s plumage. Feathers are used for keeping warm, cool or dry, for adornment and for camouflage. At the same time, the flight feather is an aerodynamic masterpiece which enables birds to achieve something people have dreamed of for millennia – flight.

The “Feathers” exhibition pays homage to this extremely complex keratinous structure, exploring its seductive beauty and multiplicity of shapes. Light is shed on the ingenious versatility of feathers, their use as cultural objects and their current significance in the realms of design, art and pop culture. In addition, feathers can serve as a starting point for considering particular aspects of the relationship between human beings and animals. The exhibition therefore also takes a critical look at the trade in bird feathers, as well as examining the human passion for building flying objects in imitation of nature.

Media conference

Friday, 29 November 2019 – 11 a.m. 
With an introduction to the exhibition and a joint tour of the exhibition.

Please send a brief confirmation to Media Relations if you wish to attend. 

 

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