Jan Berger
Curatorial Concept

The Mythical Institution prides itself on the preservation of native wildlife to ensure an unscathed environment for generations of artists to come. Hence, its curatorial endeavours seek to provide a fitting habitat for contemporary art as well as local vegetation. Located on the fringes of a beautiful zero-emission-zone, the Marie Therese Memorial Lake, seven artists submitted themselves to nature’s splendour amidst an ancient garden monument, the Magnum Opus of Hellenic culture, so often referenced in renaissance architecture.

The exhibition Landesgartenschau 2020 that was hosted therein served as a liturgic offering to a kingdom of bees, who, as the demi-god arbiters of all things land-art, have observed the artistic process from afar. Having resided in the former main-gallery space, the bees may have intervened at any point with little to no warning and it was at their discretion to rate the finished artworks following their very own matrix of criteria. In order to adequately accommodate the bees, the former main-site exhibition halls had been equipped with beautiful post-modern paintings of wild flower fields, because biodiversity.

It has recently been reported that various historical sites have been discovered within the Mythical Institution’s realm. During the curatorial tour, JanBerger revealed that the legendary Amber Room has apparently been reassembled in the institution’s ancient metro tunnels after it had been seized and brought to Germany by the Nazis. In a shocking revelation, it became apparent that the Amber Room is actually made out of semi-solid honey. Upon further exploration, artists have also reported the discovery of King Ludwig II’s frivolous Venus Grotto deep within the catacombs of the Hallowed Garden Monument. The painting „Tannhäuser bei Frau Venus“, which depicts a scene from a Wagner Opera, is found herein. In addition, the erotic two-tier grotto features King Ludwig II’s fabled rainbow generator which consolidates his reputation as a flamboyant gay man.