Exhibition view, “From Anna Blume”, Autocenter Berlin
CC container with Parlor Plants, 2011
materials: CC container; Adiantum fragrans, Aspidistra elatior, Blechnum gibbum, Calathea
roseopicta, Dieffenbachia, Dypsis lutescens, Howea forsteriana, Nephrolepis cordifolia.
The installation at Autocenter “CC container with Parlor Plants, 2011” consists of 40 potted plants of eight different species, all bought and transported from the hardware store located closest to the gallery (Toom Baumarkt).
The species chosen for the installation were all popular house plants in Victorian parlor rooms. In Victorian life, plants were not only used as decorative objects but also reflected the fascination with the hunting, gathering and collecting of exotic things. Through colonial trade routes and the discovery of the Wardian Case (a fully enclosed glass container) as an overseas shipping method, a large number of plant species could suddenly be cultivated. The keeping of house plants became popular during that time, and in the parlor rooms of Victorian homes they represented the wealth and (colonial) culture of their owners.