How nature works

From 9th October the 19th century greenhouses reopen to the public with the exhibition of the Czech artist Krištof Kintera

Innovative exhibition projects with an international scope characterise the activities of the Botanical Garden in this 2021: after Spandrel and The Forbidden Garden of Europe at the Biennale Architettura in Venice, and Planet Book. The exhibition hosted in the Old Garden and the Biodiversity Garden, on 9th October How nature works, a site-specific exhibition - resulting from the well-established collaboration with Arte Sella - opens to the public.

The 19th century greenhouses of the world's oldest university botanical garden inspired Krištof Kintera, a multifaceted Czech artist, active for three decades on the international scene, in the creation of different environments in which the waste materials of the Age of Information (motherboards, cables, bulbs etc.) are transformed into fascinating works of art, which challenge the traditional opposition between Nature and Technology through the definition of a 'post-natural' reality. The 'new' plants of Kintera closely recall the 'old' plants of the Garden, making up a rich scenario where science and technology seem to fit perfectly, disclosing the surprising similarities between artificial and biological systems.

The exhibition, which is included in the admission ticket, is open from 9th October to 9th January 2022, during the usual opening hours of the Garden.


KRIŠTOF KINTERA (1973) is a Czech mixed media artist whose internationally acclaimed work derives from a fusion of fine arts, performance, and stage design. An inimitable sense – often caustic – of observation, interaction and social critique permeates his work, in which everyday objects are cleverly transformed. He is the founder of Jednotka, an experimental theatre ensemble, and the concept author of the annual festival 4+4 dny v pohybu. Over the last three decades, he has exhibited his works all around the world, especially in Europe and the United States.