7, 8 and 9 June 2017 international conference about Maria Sibylla Merian

7, 8 and 9 June 2017 international conference about Maria Sibylla Merian

In commemoration of her death three hundred years ago, the Maria Sibylla Merian Society is organizing in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, the Artis Academy and the Artis Library an international conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2017, titled Changing the Nature of Art and Science. Intersections with Maria Sibylla Merian. The aim of the conference is to bring together new research and projects relating to Maria Sibylla Merian. With her life and work as a focal point this conference will also discuss topics that relate to Merian from a broader perspective. More information about the conference and link for registration may be found here.

City Library Nuremberg: Influences and Embroidery

In the exhibition 'Maria Sibylla Merian. Flowers, caterpillars, butterflies' the City Library of Nuremberg shows a selection of Merian's work from their collections. The exhibition also pays attention to the natural historians who influenced her, and those who were influenced by her. Additionally, rare examples of Marian's Blumenbuch are displayed. The exhibition also shows how her designs were translated into pieces of embroidery that were used for alba amicorum (“friendship books”). More information (in German) can be found here.

City Archives Nuremberg: Searching for Traces

Until 26 May the Nuremberg City Archives will display a small exhibition about Merian's time in the city of Nuremberg, where she lived and worked from 1668 until 1682. The exhibition includes information about important persons in her life in that period, including her husband, Johann Andreas Graff, and the painter, Joachim von Sandrart. The exhibition brings attention to the special places in Nuremberg where Merian conducted her research into caterpillars and butterflies. More information (in German) can be found here.

Cromhouthuis Amsterdam: Highlights and Flowers

From 31 March to 18 June, the Cromhouthuis in Amsterdam will display an exhibition about Merian in the series 'Treasure Room Collections'. In two rooms original works of Merian from the collections of the University of Amsterdam are shown. The other rooms offer contextual information about her life and work, with themes like 'Amsterdam', 'network' and 'religion'. Some rooms show floral interpretations based on Merian's work by the florists of 'The Wunderkammer'. For more information click here.
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About the Maria Sibylla Merian Society

The Maria Sibylla Merian Society is an international group open to anyone interested in Merian studies in the broadest sense, including but not exclusive to artists, historians, and scientists. The Society was founded in May of 2014 following a stimulating interdisciplinary symposium on Merian at the Artis Library in Amsterdam, when an initial board was formed and plans for the future were initiated.

The Society will educate the public about Maria Sibylla Merian and encourage investigations related to her life and work. The Society recognizes that Merian lived and worked in a time when the art, science and commerce were inextricably linked, and will strive to support similar interactions in sponsored endeavors.

Museum Wiesbaden: Merian diorama’s

The Museum Wiesbaden exhibits until 9 July caterpillar dioramas, based on Merian’s research and art works. Nine glass domes enclose the life-cycles of European lepidopterans, as studied by Merian in her famous Raupenbuch (Caterpillar book) and the Studienbuch (study book). The museum holds in its collection some of the original insect preparations from the original collection of Merian. More information can be found here. Photo: © 2017 Museum Wiesbaden/Bernd Fickert

Queen’s Gallery Edinburgh: Merian’s Butterflies

Some of Maria Sibylla Merian's finest works are on display in an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh from 17 March to 23 July. 'Maria Merian's Butterflies' brings together 50 exquisite watercolours, including those recording the flora and fauna of Suriname, published in 1705 in the artist's momentous study, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Further information can be found here. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Ode to Merian

Until 13 June the Rijksmuseum print room presents an ode to Merian by the art historian Ella Reitsma. She made thirteen photomontages in which she combines early botanical drawings and prints by Merian and others with plants from her own garden. Also two important publications by Maria Sibylla Merian are shown, and a work by her grandfather Theodoor de Bry (1528-1598) and a work by her stepfather Jacob Marrel (1614-1681). More information can be found here.