From 1800 artists paid increasing attention to the motif of clouds. These strange, elusive formations consisting of water, air and light appear as conveyors of different emotions and messages. Bushy clouds in a sunny sky seem to be an almost indispensible feature in idyllic depictions of nature. A sky traversed by dark rain and thunder clouds is perceived as threatening and a band of clouds bathed in the red evening light sets a melancholy mood. Filmed or photographed man made clouds that appear out of control as a result of technical intervention, such as exhaust fumes and atomic explosions or the more poetic gas filled Silver Clouds by Andy Warhol add even more aspects.
The presentation curated by Tobias G. Natter and Franz Smola features works by Caspar David Friedrich,William Turner, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, John Constable, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, René Magritte, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Wolff, Olivier Masmonteil, Bruce Conner and many more. 22 March 2013 - 01 July 2013.