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Juliane Tübke and Alison Darby 

Am Ryck

Current Project

Peat Plants

Juliane Tübke, Under the Meadows (131123), photograph, dimensions variable, 2023.



Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 1 pm – 5 pm

Exhibition duration:

June 16 – Sept 15, 2024


Greifswald Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Soldmannstraße 15, 17489 Greifswald

Mon–Fri: 9 am – 3:45 pm

holidays, Sat & Sun: 1 pm – 6 pm

In their duo-exhibition Am Ryck, Juliane Tübke and Alison Darby explore innovative ways to draw attention to the significance of peatland landscapes. Despite storing more carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem globally, approximately 97.5% of peat soils in Germany are drained for agriculture and forestry. The exhibition focuses on the history and future development of a meadow that Caspar David Friedrich captured in his drawing Am Ryck in Greifswald mit Blick auf die Mühlen vor der Steinbecker Schanze (1801). The artists delve into the transformation history of this meadow from multiple perspectives and speculate on the future of Greifswald's peatlands.

In her installation Hilda, Juliane Tübke investigates how the (Ryck) water influences the peatland landscape, particularly the vegetation, considering both its presence and absence. Her investigation is based on conversations with local residents and experts, complemented by imagery inspired by bog folklore. Alison Darby’s sculptural installation Chip examines the human impact on landscapes, with a particular focus on agricultural practices. In her work, she emphasizes future peatland management and the new materials that can be produced through paludiculture. The combination of historical research and contemporary interpretation in a multimedia installation results in a present-day landscape image of the Ryck meadow.

Supported by: University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald; The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media; University of Greifswald, Botanical Garden

Cooperation partners: Michael Succow Foundation, partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre; Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy e.V. (ATB), Planterial GmbH; Institute for Geography and Geology, Earth Observation and Geoinformation Science Lab

Host: University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald; partner: Michael Succow Foundation / partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre

Cooperation Partners:

Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
University City Greifswald
250 years CDF
Greifswald Moor Centrum
Succow Stiftung
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