07. September – 21. Oktober 2018


Wolfgang Gäfgen

Zeichnungen, Holzschnitte, Fotografien

Design made in Esslingen

Herbert Hirche, Egon Eiermann, Hans Erich Slany


Der Esslinger Kunstverein e.V. ist zu Gast in der Villa Merkel.

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Since 18 May 2014


Lois Weinberger – Mobiler Garten




The ‘Mobile Garden’ of the artist and Documenta participant Lois Weinberger, who lives in Vienna, was set up in front of the winter garden of the Villa Merkel, where it will remain for an extended time. In its wildness, it contrasts with the surrounding Merkelpark, whose well-kept greenery is reminiscent of English landscape gardens.


A field formed out of yellow plastic tubs filled with soil has been exposed to the free forces of nature. Over time, pioneer and ruderal plants have come to occupy the space in a spontaneous colonisation. Nature unfolds in accordance with the dynamism of its own laws in a veritably paradisal, because free manner. A Garden of Eden established itself. Over the years, this natural process of colonisation began to change into a form of decay:












The tubs gradually become bleached and decompose. The plastic particles blend with the soil and the plants; after decades, rainfall can be expected to have washed the underlying area clean again.


The garden is a fundamental form of our encounter with nature. We are familiar with gardens that aim at producing crops as well as those that are set up as beatific sites of contemplation. Affinities with paradise are possessed by the fruit and vegetable garden, the Baroque pleasure garden or, as an oasis amid the city, the public garden – in Esslingen, namely the Maille and the Merkelpark.




Lois Weinberger<br/>NOUS, 2004<br/>Freiraum Studio Spiegelfabrik Niederösterreich

Lois Weinberger<br/>Mobiler Garten, 2014<br/>Installationsansicht Merkelpark/Villa Merkel

Lois Weinberger<br/>Plastikeimer, Erde, Spontanvegetation