VIIIth Art Exhibition "The Natural Cut" - Fraga Santos

Linocut inspired by Karl Blossfeldt

This year's art exhibition at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology will host works by the Portuguese artist Fraga Santos. From September 30, 2019, he will be showing large-format linocuts based on photographs by  Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) under the title "The Natural Cut".

The exhibition will be openend in a small ceremony on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in the entrance hall of the institute.

The choir of the Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry and Chemical Ecology will frame the opening with music.

Fraga Santos

Fraga Santos

Inspired by Karl Blossfeldt, “The Natural Cut“ by Fraga Santos is the result of a combination of photography and linocut. The works by the young artist Fraga Santos are based on the photographic work of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), a German photographer, sculptor and teacher. Like Blossfeldt, who emphasizes the aesthetic value of natural structures through the objectivity of the focus as well as the combination, the organization and the extension of details, Fraga Santos tries to reinterpret Blossfeldt photographic view with linocut. The natural cut follows the structures of the – according to Blossfeldt – greatest artist of all: nature. The works are in black and white. Their power lies in this reduction.

The presented project was realized over a period of almost two years and included researching and development of the material. During this time, Fraga Santos also choose other motifs and topics, such as family, animals, organs of the human body, the human act and the illustration of proverbs for his experiments with the linocut technique. With this technique, Fraga Santos continues to develop his artistry and his drawing and engraving skills, with which he has worked since the beginning of his artistic career and vocational training as a goldsmith.

The criteria for selecting the motifs for this exhibition was not accidental: With the desire to collectively shape the individual process, the artist delegated the selection of works to people who played an important role in his life. The titles of the work therefore consist of the names of the persons and the scientific names of the plants depicted in Latin.

© Fraga Santos
© Fraga Santos
© Fraga Santos
© Fraga Santos

Foyer of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
07745 Jena

Opening Hours:

The exhibition is open to the public from September 30 until December 19, 2019, from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Entrance is free.