Zheng Bo: Wanwu Council 萬物社

Zheng Bo drawing on Lantau Island, 2020

Zheng Bo drawing on Lantau Island, 2020 © Zheng Bo, courtesy: the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, photo: Kwan Sheung Chi, 2020

As In House: Artist in Residence 2020, the artist and theoretician Zheng Bo embarked on the question of how plants practice politics. In 2021, his exhibition Wanwu Council 萬物社 will expand upon themes that Zheng Bo worked on during his one-year residency at the Gropius Bau.

Ecosensibility Exercises 生態感悟練習
guided by Zheng Bo

Wed to Mon 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00
Visitors can join the artist at the platform in the Gropius Wood, no registration required

The Daoist term wanwu translates as “ten thousand things” or “myriad happenings” and embraces the infinite possibilities of life in all its forms. The exhibition premiers the first chapter of Zheng Bo’s film The Political Life of Plants 植物的政治生活 (2021), which has been filmed in Berlin and Brandenburg. It documents conversations with ecologists and biologists in Berlin interspersed with experimental scenes. The series Drawing Life 寫生 (2020–21) brings together drawings of trees and weeds that Zheng Bo encountered over the 24 Solar Terms of one year. This daily drawing practice is a way of persistently staying close to these fellow beings. Wanwu Council 萬物社 takes this approach further: the exhibition will grow out of the Gropius Bau into the “Gropius Wood”, as Zheng Bo calls the community of plane trees that lives to the west of the building.

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal with Clare Molloy

To the exhibition imprint

Partners: Wall, Bouvet, ScheringStiftung
Media partners: Monopol, Frieze, BerlinArtLink