Anne Geene

Sep 2 - Oct. 30
Artist Talk on Saturday Oct. 23, 16:00

The BOOK of PLANTS by Anne Geene is a eulogy on plants in all their appearances. With this herbagraphic work, Geene continues building an oeuvre that is an expression of the remarkable beauty of the unremarkable. Her quest for specimens with various types of formations and deformations gives the BOOK of PLANTS a teratological dimension.

In Anne Geene’s work, the photograph itself is rarely the focus. Taken out of their context the pictures are often no more than a registration of an inconspicuous fact. Geene’s art is all about collection, about the image in relation to other images and the ability to create new images by merging and arranging them. The result may redefine “farfetched”, adding a novel, creative and positive connotation.

O Amor, 2021 | Photography print on archival matte, inkjet | 153 x 100 cm or 219 x 143 cm | Ed. 2/5 + 1 AP


The BOOK of PLANTS takes you on an expedition through the microcosm of leaf, bud and flower toward branch, stem and trunk, falling in that macrocosm of grass, herb, shrub, bush and tree. A world with an immeasurable variation in colour, shape and size. Starring a superior life form, an “organic machine” that accompanies us in silence.

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Anne Geene (Breda, 1983) collects, counts, measures, and photographs nature. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, at Sint Joost in Breda, and at the University of Leiden. Geene’s graduation project ‘No 235 / Encyclopaedia of an Allotment’ was chosen as the best photobook of 2010 by NRC and the project was purchased by the Nederlands Fotomuseum. In 2014, she won the Unseen Talent Award and her work was selected for several national and international exhibitions and collections. With ‘Ornithology’ — a quasi-scientific work about birds, which she made together with Arjan de Nooy — she won the international prize for best book of 2017 (Goldene Letter, buchmesse Leipzig). 2018 for Geene was marked by the Volkskrant Visual Art Award (both jury and public awards) and by a presentation in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The series Museum of the Plant was partly purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

In 2021, Anne Geene was chosen as one of the artists for The Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. In September 2021, Kröller-Müller Museum will hold her solo exhibition Accumulation of Things. For this show, she took a look at the collection method of Helene Kröller-Müller, the founder of the museum. The central theme is the human urge to collect and Geene examines concepts such as possession, completeness, selection, and desire.

Anne Geene’s work is part of such collections as Rijksmuseum, Het Nederlands Fotomuseum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Van Gogh House, ING, LUMC, as well as various private collections.