Regen–Wald / Rain–Forest (Part 1) - Art Archive of Trees and Plants
03 July - 06 November 2022 - Haus der Fhotografie, Burghausen, Germany
This exhibition displays the photo and video works by Markus Heinsdorff, which he took in various rainforest regions around the world. Among others the exhibition shows artworks of the forests of the Panguana insect research station in Peru, the Ashuar Indians in Ecuador, the Piaroa Indians in Venezuela. In addition, photographs of replanted jungle giants in Thailand and images of the Anaga mountain rainforest in Tenerife and the mangrove forests of the swamps of Florida and the cloud forests of the Himalayan region of north-east India. They are all part of his species archive of plants and trees that determine the climate in the tropics as well as the climate of the earth. The contrast between the influence of humans and of natural forces can be seen in the example of a dried forest in the Namibian desert. The works were created during more than two decades of travels and project work with the idea of creating a portrait and archive of flora and fauna, of species and elements of the planet, to show their fascination and circulatory system also in relation to water/rain and oxygen producers. The project aims to raise awareness for nature, the preservation of the environment and for a rapidly decreasing biodiversity. Curated by Ines Auerbach, "Haus der Fotografie". Information + Media PDF


Regen–Wald / Rain - Forest (Part 2) - living under trees
2022 - Construction of the Piaroa Agroforestry Academy as a training centre for the conservation of the rainforest, Venezuela
2023 - Exhibition on the project in St. Joseph's Study Church (3rd of March - 15th of June)
As an art-architecture project, Markus Heinsdorff designed and currently realises an academy building in the rainforest of Venezuela for and with the help of the Piaroa indigenous people, an indigenous tribe settled in the border region to Colombia on the Rio Sipapo river. With the concept of a training centre, the Piaroa are to be supported in the agroforestry cultivation of forest fruits and thus earn their own income. This allows them to live in the rainforest and protect it at the same time. With almost 300 square metres of usable space eight interconnected buildings will be realised, which will enable multi-day training courses in organic cultivation and fair trade, processing and will provide catering and accommodation for up to 60 participants. A sustainable prototype building made of regional materials, built by the Piaroa with wood from the surrounding area and a marginal amount of cement plus sanitary installations. The exhibition shows the architecture and life of the Piaroa, gives information on agroforestry and rainforest conservation concepts as well as on the ecosystem. Information PDF


Aesthetics of Crisis - Lecture
10th of June 2022 - University of Tübingen, SmP Seminar "Aesthetics of Crisis" - Keynote lecture "Markus Heinsdorff - Rethinking Art" on the thematic field of art production. The lecture will show work processes of the artist, which are influenced as exhibitions or installations by the state of the world, its crises and cultural diversity.

Haus Europa, Leuchtenfeld - House Europe, Light field
2022 - 11 September - 06 December (Haus Europa), City Park, Roth, Germany
2022 - March - July - Badehaus Place of Remembrance, Wolfratshausen-Waldram, Germany
2021 - July - September - (tim) Augsburg State Textile and Industry Museum, Germany
2021 - February – June – Schloß Blumenthal , Aichach, Germany
Two installation forms at different successive locations, each lasting for 3 months - the "art-light installation on the theme of flight” consists of orange life jackets, wooden steles/strips, wire/rope and LED lamps. Original life jackets of refugees were collected on Mediterranean beaches, disassembled, sewn back into fabric panels and used to cover 120 windows (H 100 x W 50 cm) for the "Haus Europa" (from September). The house, made of 6 x 6 and 4 x 4 cm wooden sticks, has a floor area of 8 x 5 m and a height of 7.20 m and can be walked on inside. For the "light field" as the first installation on the theme, a total of 144 luminaires (H 40 x D 26 cm) were produced on 3.8 m high steles. Depending on the installation site, the luminaires are arranged in different numbers, in each case at equal distances - with 144 steles at 2.5 m distance from each other, they cover an area of 750 sqm (Blumenthal Palace) and become a glowing field of orange-red luminaires at night. On the project website and on site, visitors can find out about the installations, locations and the situation of refugees worldwide and in Europe. As part of the project, individual steles were handed over to interested parties and privately rebuilt as an impressive "sign" (90 individual lights in 2021). The proceeds of almost 30,000 euros so far have been used as emergency aid and for long-term support of refugees to NGOs (2/3) and for the production of the installation (1/3). "Haus Europa" and "Das Leuchtenfeld" are realised according to designs by Markus Heinsdorff and in cooperation with the community Schloss Blumenthal (production, donation support)., Media Leuchtenfeld PDF, Media Leuchtenfeld II PDF,, Media Roth PDF, BR + Time Lapse Video

Recyclable material collection points - Île de propreté
2022 - Tunis, Tabarka, Siliana, Tunisia
For each of the three locations, a waste collection point with storage structures, roofing and fence screens, each with a floor area of approx. 200 sqm on public spaces, was designed by Markus Heinsdorff and realised by the municipalities and a steel construction company. The concept of the artistically, architecturally designed facilities is intended to motivate residents to specifically hand in waste and recycle the recyclable materials. The previous practice of wild dumping and disposal of waste in public spaces needs to be stopped. The "low-cost buildings" are designed to blend in with the surroundings and the building style. The fences and screens are made of galvanised silver and white painted corrugated sheet metal. The oval warehouses in Tunis and Tabarka are of the same type. For the narrow, long square in Siliana a used container was painted white as a warehouse. In the center there is a shade roof painted in Berber blue or red on four steel columns. Underneath, a gabion filled with wire mesh and PET bottles serves as a bench. Gabions and plants are illuminated by their own solar power (via roof panels). The project is contributed with fundings from the Bavarian State. In cooperation with WtERT Munich and Fraunhofer Institut Umsicht Sulzbach Rosenberg in Germany and the respective municipalities in Tunisia; Planning Implementation M.A. Lukas Struthmann Architect, Munich; Steel construction MC Plus, Hammamet.

Recyclables - collection point
2021 - Dasing, Upper Bavaria, Germany
Design and realisation of a 6 x 8 m structure with a height of 3.4 m as a collection point for recyclables and electrical appliances made of galvanised steel T-beams with a vaulted roof made of galvanised corrugated sheet metal, a collection counter, a storage room made of larch wood, sliding doors and a 16 sqm facade made of gabion baskets filled with plastic waste as artificial façades. All elements are screwed together. The concrete floor slab also serves as a foundation. The storage space is integrated under the roofing of the prefabricated modules, also serially produced gabions. Coloured transparent plastic waste from the collection point is layered into the two translucent gabion walls on the two side facades (a 3 m W x 0.35 m D x 2.45 m H). Workshop for the waste facades with 50 pupils of the primary school Dasing; client district town Aichach; design building and object facade Markus Heinsdorff, Munich; CAD model and planning implementation M.A: Babou Bojang and M.A. Lukas Struthmann, Architects, Munich; project supervision WtERT c/o ia GmbH Engineering, Munich; storage modules Fa. Käuferle Aichach; steel construction Fa. Hausmann, Aichach. Media PDF


The space we live in II - Arten / Species
2021 - Terminal 2 Hall, FJS Munich Airport, Germany
Exhibition with hundreds of different flora and fauna natural exhibits, which are displayed in three rows of 7 m length and 0.67 m width in specially made table showcases made of wood, glass and steel. The exhibits were collected by Markus Heinsdorff during project trips to various countries, archived and expanded as a collection with each new trip. Each of the objects shows the extreme diversity and fascinating design up to physical properties that have never been achieved by artificial production before. Properties of nature as a master builder - thematically placed in the context of architecture at the exhibition. (The collection was first shown in 2019 as part of the exhibition "Species and Elements" at the Kallman Museum). In collaboration with Pier Paolo curator GAD / CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo, Venice, Italy and Elmar Zorn curator, Munich, Germany.

The space we live in I - Paper Box House and Shelter & Vernacular
2021 - Shipyard Exhibition Hall, GAD / CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo, Venice, Italy
The installation and exhibition on the occasion of the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2021 under the title "The space we live in" deals with properties and use of space. The central installation is the walk-in "Paper Box House" made of honeycomb recycled cardboard and furniture made of stackable fruit and vegetable cartons. It is a work of art, a vision of recyclable materials and architecture on the theme of "building with recycled materials" or "building with recyclable materials". The concept pursues the idea of developing simple and at the same time well-designed buildings from material that is lying around or is free of charge, such as recycled cardboard or plastic waste. The need for this is great, more than 80 million people worldwide are homeless due to crises or war and more than one billion live in inadequate housing. The installation was accompanied by the exhibition Shelter & Vernacular. A documentary about simple building with different materials such as clay, bricks, bamboo, grasses, sheet metal, etc. in different cultures. Photographed by Christian Schittich, architect and Markus Heinsdorff (see also under Photography). Project team: Pier Paolo Scelsi, curator GAD / CREA , Venice, Italy; M.A. Lukas Struthmann and Dipl. Ing. Benedikt Hartl Architects, Munich, Germany;

Country and city list of projects
Brazil - Rio de Janeiro / Sao Paulo 2012: exhibition, installation, workshop, lecture (*among others with German Federal Foreign Office and International Knowledge Exchange Association)
Peru - Lima / Panguana 2012/16: Lecture, research, documentation (with INBAR and Panguana Foundation)
Ecuador - Morodo/Yuwientsa Province 2009: Building (*u. a. Amazoniva Foundation and TU Munich)
Venezuela - Rio Sipapo 2022: Structure
USA - New York / Boston 1998: Exhibition, installation (with Goethe-Institut)
Qatar - Doha 2014: Group exhibition
South Africa - Cape Town / Johannesburg 2013/15: exhibition, installation, workshop, lecture (*among others with Goethe-Institut)
Zanzibar - Michamvi 2014/16: Building, workshop, lecture (with GIZ and International Knowledge Exchange Association)
Tunisia - Tunis / Siliana / Tabarka 2022: Building (*among others with Fraunhofer Institut Umsicht and WtERT )
Germany - Burghausen / Blumenthal /Aichach / Dasing / Augsburg / Berlin / Bernried / Beuerberg / Darmstadt / Dresden / Heidenheim / Herford / Ismaning / Koblenz / Cologne / Lingen / Mittenwald / Munich / Nuremberg / Poing / Schiltach / Stuttgart / Wiesloch / Wolfratshausen / 1985 - 2022: exhibition, installation, building, lecture, workshop (*among others with Goethe-Institut, TU and Hochschule München, Selbach Umweltstiftung, Siemens Empowering People, Bavarian State Government)
Austria - Insbruck / Krems 1997/98: installation, workshop, lecture
France - Agen / Boisbuchet-Lessac 1993/94/2009/12/15: building, installation, workshop
Hungary - Csórompuszta / Dunaújváros 2016/19: exhibition, installation, workshop (with Goethe-Institut)
Italy - Venice / Cuma-Naples / Milan / Rome-Via Salaria km 43 / Sardinia-Cagliari 1980-89/99/2021: exhibition, installation, workshop-summer academy (*among others with German Consulate)
Netherlands - Rotterdam 2016: installation
Great Britain - Manchester / Affetside 1998: installation
China - Anji / Beijing / Chengdu / Chongqing / Guangzhou / Hangzhou / Nanjing / Shanghai / Shenyang / Wuhan / Xian 2005/06/07/08/09/10/11/12/14/15/19: building, exhibition, installation, lecture, workshop (*among others with Goethe-Institut and German Foreign Office)
India - Hyderabad / Mumbai / New Delhi / Pune / Chennai / Bangalore / Mawphlang 2008/11/12/15: building, exhibition, installation, lecture, workshop (*among others with Goethe-Institut and German Foreign Office)
Indonesia - Bali-Ubud / Java-Jakarta / Bandung 2002/06/07: exhibition, building, installation, lecture, workshop (*among others with Goethe-Institut)
Japan - Tokyo 2016: lecture
Taiwan - Nantou / Taipei 2011: exhibition, workshop, lecture
Thailand - Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Pai 2005/06/07/09/2022: exhibition, installation, lecture, workshop (*among others with Goethe-Institut, German Consulate, UNESCO Ashberg Bursary)
Vietnam - Hanoi 2007: exhibition, workshop, lecture (with Goethe-Institut)

* (For a complete list and information on cooperation partners such as foundations/associations, institutes, universities [3] and other project funding/institutions, see the description of the respective projects)