Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger  

Since 1997, they co-create immersive in situ installations. Transformation, proliferation and crystallization function as fully fledged components their work, which metamorphoses according to the chemical reactions that develop within it. Viewers are invited to dive into a fantastical vegetative universe, or to participate in experiments that awaken their senses and mind. The artists’ installations, which are as unsettling as they are enchanting, forge links between antagonistic worlds, proposing to observe the strange laboratory of the living with its biodiversity and to ponder notions of fertility and growth.

Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger live in Switzerland. They participated in Expo02 with the gigantic “Heimatmaschine”. At the 2003 Venice Biennale they represented Switzerland with a delicate “Falling Garden” inside San Stae church and other invasive installations at the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa Japan, in the baroque Library in St.Gallen, at the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville, at the Moscow Biennale and more recently at the Kunsthaus Bregenz. Their permanent installation “Vegetative Nervous System” is shown at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.




We like to see various gardens and get an insight how land is cultivated. Special interests are permaculture and agriculture projects around Rio.

We like to learn more about the plants that grow in Rio, how these plants communicate, what happens in the root systems underground.

We are interested in the water management of Rio. Where does the water come from? How is it cleaned? Where does it go to?

Linked to those encounters is the book “The Life of Plants” A Metaphysics of Mixture from Emanuele Coccia, that we will read in Rio.

“We barely talk about them and seldom know their names. Philosophy has always overlooked them; even biology considers them as mere decoration on the tree of life. And yet plants give life to the Earth: they produce the atmosphere that surrounds us, they are the origin of the oxygen that animates us. Plants embody the most direct, elementary connection that life can establish with the world.”





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Gerda Steiner (1967) & Jörg Lenzlinger (1964)
Collaborative Works since 1997



Total Installations: 

* “The seed sounds of the vegetative nervous system at the hydroponic nectar lakes” CAC Cincinnati, USA  2001

* “Heimatmaschine” Expo’02 Pavillon Heimatfabrik, Murten

* “Cómo llegó la morsa a Madrid”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2003

*“Falling Garden“ Chiesa San Staë, Biennale di Venezia  2003

*“Root Treatment“ Rose c’est la vie   National Museum, Tel Aviv 2004

*“Brainforest“ 21st Century museum, Kanazawa, Japan 2004

*” Fountain of Youth ” for La Alegria de mis sueños, Biennale von Sevilla 2004

*“Le méta jardin“ la maison rouge, Paris 2005

*“Soulwarmer“ Abbey Library of St.Gall  2005

*”Night moths in the whale belly” Artium, Fukuoka, Japan

*“Joutsenlampi“,  ARS’06KIASMA, Helsinki , Finnland 2006

* “Found & Lost Grotto for Saint Antonio” artpace, SanAntonio, Texas 2006

*“Artificial Fertility“ Shanghai Biennale, China  2006

*”4 Sleepingrooms “,  Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2007

*“The Desalination Plant Waste Garden“, Sharjah Biennale 8, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate

*“ Le Jardin de Lune“ In the heart of the old silver mine  , Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France

*“O Escritorio“ CCBB Brasilia “OSTROPICOS”, Brasil

*“O sonho da planta do escritorio“ CCBB Rio, Brasil 2008

*”Die Verquickung” Zentrum Paul Klee Bern 2008

*”The Mystery of Fertility“ Sonsbeek 08 in Arnheim, Holland

*” The Horse Ghosts” in the Yew Forest   Aachen, Deutschland 2008

*“ Office Cult “ for „OSTROPICOS“ Gropiusbau Berlin 2008

*“The water hole“ ACCA Melbourne, Australien  2008

*”The Treatment” 3.Biennal Moskau 2009

*“Comment rester fertile?“ CCS, Paris 2010

*“Flood – Drink oh heart from the abundance of time!“ Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany 2011

*“Wild Things“ Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark 2012

*“Power sources“ Art Tower Mito, Japan 2012

*“National Park“ Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Switzerland, 2013

*“Bush Power“ Sydney Biennale, Australia, 2014

*“Das Chymische Lustgärtlein  Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014

*“Picnic“ Museum for Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm, Russia, 2015

*“Metafloristics“ Museum of fine Arts, Gent, Belgium, 2016-2018

*“Totentanz“ Park Totentanz, Basel, Switzerland, 2016

*“ Lungwort“ Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2017

*“Too early to panic“ Museum Tinguely, Basel 2018




„Jungle of Distribution Systems“ Christoph Merian Fondation Basel 2017

„Les Pierres & le Printemps“ Domaine Chaumont-sur-Loire, France, 2015

„Sacrificial Offering“  KKLB Beromünster, 2014

„Organisms“ Novartis Rotkreuz, Switzerland, 2013

„Paysage au grand galop“ Musée de Valence, 2013

„The Swing“ Swiss National Bank, Berne, 2012

”Ghost Satellites” Echigo-Tsumari Triennal Tokamachi, Japan  2012

„Spring Grotto“  Residence Quellengarten, Rheinfelden, Switzerland  2012

„Eldorado“ Silo, Cloister Schöntal Langenbruck, Switzerland  2011

„The sleeping Beauty“ Im Tal – Hasselbach, Germnay 2009

„Crystal Growth“ Paul Scherrer Institute, Villingen, Switzerland  2007

„Hunters Room“, Hotel Castell , Zuoz, Switzerland  2006

„The Vegetative Nervous System“, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf  2006

„The Heart“ Townhouse Uster, Switzerland 2006

„Crystalline Ovulation IV” Swiss Institute Rome 2005  

„Les Envahisseurs!“ mobile Greenhouse-Container  2004

„Proliferation“ Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2003

„Blemishes and Gold Mines“, University,  St.Gallen, Switzerland  2003


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