The Beauty of Early Life

26. March 2022 — 24. July 2022

James Darling, Lesley Forwood, Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Univers, 2018 © ZKM, Foto: Felix Grünschloss

The exhibition takes us on a journey back through time to the origins of life. How did life first get started? Where can we still find traces of the earliest life forms today? Why is it important to look at the past in order to develop an understanding of why biodiversity is so relevant in today’s world?

There are scientific predictions that more than one-third of all living species are threatened with extinction because of the effects of human activity. Since the very beginning of life, organisms depend on and influence one another. Living things do not exist in isolation, they live off and with each other. Therefore, we have all long been aware that life itself is threatened on planet Earth.

The exhibition invites us to look at the emergence of life through artistic works from modern times to the present, complemented by scientific exhibits from the early days of life, right now, at this crossroads of a global climate and biodiversity crisis.

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