Anne Geene

As a visual artist, Anne Geene (NL, 1983) captures the hidden beauty of plants and animals. With the help of photography, Geene investigates, collects and organises the world around her. The camera objectively records the materials in which Geene is looking for visual similarities, patterns and phenomena. Eventually her findings are analysed and cataloged according to an apparent logic. Her interpretation of the data is strictly personal and refers to our urge to regulate and understand the world around us.

The series The Museum of the Plant is a fictional, slightly absurd “museum” that focuses on all aspects of plants that other museums do not discuss. A work-in progress that Anna Geene has been working on for a couple of years. Coincidence, strange growth, social status, plants that grow in special places, plants with a special owner, etc. Colour Analysis is also a part of the “museum”. If you thought that a plant was only green, you could be mistaken. In Anne’s work, the relationship between the photographic image and science is a central theme. She explores the issues of scientific objectivity and of photography as a medium used for this purpose. Although photography’s objectivity has been questioned many times, it is exactly this objectivity that gives it this probative power. Here is where she finds her inspiration.

Anne Geene lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, at Sint Joost in Breda, and graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Leiden in 2010. Her graduation project ‘No 235 / Encyclopaedia of an Allotment’ was chosen the best photobook of 2010 by NRC and the project was purchased by the Nederlands Fotomuseum. In 2014 she won the Unseen Talent Award and her work was selected for several national and international exhibitions and collections. With ‘Ornithology’, a quasi-scientific standard work about birds which she made together with Arjan de Nooy, she won the international price for best book of 2017 (Goldene Letter, buchmesse Leipzig). In 2018 she won the Volkskrant Visual Art Award (both jury and public award) for her oeuvre and held a presentation in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The Museum of the Plant was partly purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

From September’21 to June’22, as a part of their Vestibulum series, the Kröller-Müller Museum presents a solo show Accumulation of Things by Anne Geene. For Vestibulum 4, Geene takes an envious look at the collection method of Helene Kröller-Müller, the museum’s founder. Helene considered her collection closed, the collection had to remain a self-contained whole. But can ‘a carefully selected succession of works of art’ ever be complete? In Vestibulum 4, the central theme is the human urge to collect and Geene examines concepts such as possession, completeness, selection and desire.

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