What place does energy have as a theme in contemporary art? Nuclear energy has influenced artists ever since the bombings of the second world war, but fossil fuels and renewable energy have been much less present. Since the 2000s – over 10 years after the first IPCC report on climate change – the visibility of environmental issues, in particular global heating, has changed this. The exploitation of fossil fuels, oil above all, is increasingly a target of criticism, with artists pointing to its immense political, environmental and social consequences. The theme also allows space for the investigation ...


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