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Exhibition | Parliament of Plants II

With its Parliament of Plants exhibition in 2020–21, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein spotlighted a set of momentous issues facing current society. Parliament of Plants II continues this discussion.

The exhibition Parliament of Plants II gives a voice to plants. It testifies to a new view of these beings, which are inextricably linked with our own survival. Over the past decades, a paradigm shift has been taking place in the sciences regarding our perception of plants, one that is also reflected in the exhibition's artworks. Following on from Parliament of Plants (2020–21), the show develops a network of cooperations in a range of different disciplines, with guest contributions in the form of 'inserts'.


Parliament of Plants II demonstrates the principle of symbiosis as a societal counter-image to

the parasitic handling of nature. New insights regarding the world of plants feature alongside

the knowledge of Indigenous cultures, questions pertaining to colonial and contemporary history, the handling of resources or our perception of time. The crucial question is: how can we achieve a symbiotic coexistence in which human and non-human beings can learn from each other?


The main themes of two 'raised stands' are Michel Serres' Natural Contract and Lynn Margulis' theory of symbiosis. Co-curated with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, molecular biologist and historian of science.



Participating artists


Polly Apfelbaum, Ursula Biemann, Anna Hilti, Alevtina Kakhidze, Jochen Lempert, Rivane Neuenschwander & Mariana Lacerda, Uriel Orlow, Silke Schatz, Thomas Struth, Athena Vida, Miki Yui, Zheng Bo.



The exhibition includes two inserts, a project space in the side-light gallery and a wide range of further collaborations and cooperations:


Insert I: Politics of Plants

curated by Linda Schädler, head of ETH's Prints and Drawings Collection, Zurich.

Sourced from the ETH's Prints and Drawings Collection, visitors can discover artistic positions that deal with current topics: borders, the question of the Self and the Other, the dominance of culture or nature, but also economic interests or geopolitical aspects of natural resources, among others.

Participating artists: Mireille Gros, Matthew Day Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Daniela Keiser, Pascal Schwaighofer, Melanie Smith, Sebastian Utzni.





Insert II: Plants_Intelligence. Learning like a Plant

a research project at the Institute Art Gender Nature, Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Basel, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The research project on show here, Plants_Intelligence. Learning like a Plant, sets out to widen the debate about plant knowledge and to harness it to social, ecological and ethical behaviour by collaborating closely with representatives from a variety of fields of knowledge.

Research team: Yvonne Volkart (head), Felipe Castelblanco, Julia Mensch, Rasa Smite.





Project space Parliament of Plants II

curated by Annett Höland, co-curator of the exhibition.

The side-light gallery showcases a range of regional protagonists committed to nature conservation. By examining various examples of different habitats, the aim is to present ways to create a better balance between human beings and nature – and ask if it is possible to accord plants legal rights.


Contributions by

Mario Broggi; Gemeinde Vaduz – Projekt «Vadoz summt»; Nicolas Humbert; IG Netzwerk Biodiversität; Liechtensteinische Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz; Liechtenstein-Institut; Liechtenstein School of Architecture – «Pro Bono» Projekt der Studenten Luis Friedmann, Noah Laternser, Luca Strimmer; Maurice Maggi; Verein Feldfreunde and others.



Pop-up Gardens in Vaduz

School classes in collaboration with the project «Vadoz summt», the museum's art education team, Damiano Curschellas and Piero Good.


Events with

AckerKüche, Cyrus Beck, Manuel Beck, DJ Kejeblos, Michael Donhauser, Peter Goop, Anna Hilti, Luis Hilti, Nicolas Humbert, Wilfried Marxer, Anna Ospelt, Claudia Ospelt-Bosshard, Duscha Padrutt, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Linda Schädler, Samira Schädler, Elias Kindle, Yvonne Volkart, Andreas Weber and others.


Additional cooperation partners

domus, Schaan; Haus Gutenberg, Balzers; Küefer-Martis-Huus, Ruggell; Literaturhaus, Schaan; Skino, Schaan; Walserherbst Festival, Grosses Walsertal and others.



A production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.

  • Price


    Admission to Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein with Hilti Art Foundation is free every Wednesday. Participation in public events is also free of charge on Wednesdays.



    Regular: CHF 15.–

    Reduced: CHF 10.–

    (Senior citizens, students, apprentices, groups of 10 and more [p.p.], Ö1-Club members)

    Children, 16 and under: free of charge

    Public guided tours and events on Thursday evening: with admission included

  • Event schedule

    Every Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday , Sunday from 10:00 h

  • Organiser

    Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
    mit Hilti Art Foundation
    Städtle 32
    9490 Vaduz
    +423 235 03 00
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  • Location

    Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
    Städtle 32
    9490 Vaduz
    Fürstentum Liechtenstein

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