We went to the Schirn in Frankfurt, the art gallery for current topics and for national and international artists in Germany. "Plastic World" shows a collection of art from several decades. Especially in the 60s/70s, the versatile material influenced many artists. They experimented with PUR foam or epoxy resin. Plastic was as fascinating then as now because it has been either highly formable, transparent or elastic. But it was also used for socio-critical statements: the role of women in society with inflatable Nanas by Niki de Saint Phalle or the beginnings of mobile work with the blow-up office made of transparent PVC foil by Hans Hollein in 1969.
And of course art has always dealt with the opposites of artificiality (Daksh's new favourite word!) and nature: on the one hand, cold, sterile plastic in garish colours, which has just shaped the Pop Art movement, and the destructive force in our environment according to the motto "plastic has come to stay". For example, Otto Piene's walk-in installation with its giant inflatable sea anemones and lobsters shows that plastic is fascinating and omnipresent at the same time, even in the ocean.