Elisabeth von Samsonow

13. October - 12. November 2022



Opening 13. October 2022

Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels

1040 Wien, Preßgasse 30

Unteres Belvedere

The Tree in the Art

23. September 2022 - 8. January 2022



Mysterious, bearer of knowledge, silent observer: The tree is deeply rooted in culture – as a mediator between the divine and the human, as an object of science, and as a warning sign for ecological (mis)developments.
In dedicating an exhibition to the tree that spans numerous styles and epochs, the Belvedere is focusing on a central subject in art history and its complex relationship with humankind.


Curated by Miroslav Haľák.

Museum des Anfangs

Elisabeth von Samsonow

ab 30. September
Stift Melk, Pavillion im Stiftpark

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Parallel Vienna


July - 26. August

Toscanapark Gmunden


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Kleine Galerie

Ambivalenz der Wirklichkeit, Magie des Objekts, Poesie der Erzählung

June 01 - July 07, 2022

Objects and Installations by:

Hubert Christian Ehalt – Palimpsest,
Gotthard Fellerer – Gaia,
Julia Fromm – Fleisch,
Ulrich Gansert – Mensch und Tier
Martina Pippal / Götz Bury – Liebe
Elisabeth von Samsonow – Göttinnen


Taxis Palais Kunsthalle Tirol


February 04 - May 29, 2022

Ursula Beiler, Karrabing Film Collective, Emeka Ogboh, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Tejal Shah

How can we follow other paths that are as good for us as we are for them?
How can we act without categorizing, measuring, and evaluating?
How can we enjoy energetic fields in their plurality instead of conceiving of them as an omniscient center that watches over us and punishes?
What if we were to work with resonances instead of categorical pruning?
What frequencies do we send out and what frequencies do we receive?
What if we were to become permeable to the logics of goddesses, who have no fixed shape but nevertheless act as diverse forces promoting individual idiosyncrasies, integrating these within a greater whole?
What if we were to recognize the unique as always an integral part of the general and only resulting from it?
What if we were to draw joy from the movement of others and the Other?
What if we understood that we belong to the Other as much as the Other belongs to us?
What if the neighbor was all and everything that surrounds us? Is this what we wish to call goddesses?
And why is there an urgent need for such an attitude?

In order to explore these questions, the exhibition GODDESSES acts in an unusual way. The logic of wholeness, part, beginning and ending will be unsettled. However, these strategies should not be confused with the goddesses, they are only a game in a situation where we should play to interrupt what we have learned. A small first step, just to challenge our cozy false equilibrium for a while. We have to start somewhere—why not here, with us, now? The exhibition will grow before your eyes, the works will stand for themselves without explanation. You can encounter them without fear and without brutality—you can simply be with them, with the goddesses at your back. You are invited, several times.

The exhibition will unfold processually over time. Starting with paintings and sculptures by Elisabeth von Samsonow, works by the Karrabing Film Collective, Tejal Shah, and Emeka Ogboh will move one by one into the TAXISPALAIS; in between Ursula Beiler will present performances. The public is admitted to the show four times with a single ticket, and will have the opportunity to witness the works being set up. Newsletters will be sent out once each new work has been installed. On the Walpurgis Night we will celebrate, pandemic protocols allowing.

Curated by Nina Tabassomi


State Gallery of Lower Austria

Reading the Earth

12.03.2022 - 01.05.2022


Galerie Jünger

Foto Wien - Gegend Versus Idyll

12.März bis 24. April 2022

Elisabeth von Samsonow

The Elder Poem

Grazer Kunstverein
25. Juni – 12. September 2021

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What if the alphabet was invented by the trees? What if the alphabet was invented by the trees? In her project The Elder Poem Elisabeth von Samsonow explores and stages convergencies  between art and ecology, namely poetry and botanical systems. Starting from the Old Irish Alphabet of Trees Beth-Luis-Nion as explored by Robert von Ranke-Graves in his voluminous book ”The White Goddess“ Samsonow maps the Land of the Goddesses, which she co-founded with agroup of artists and supporters (among them the Grazer Kunstverein) in 2020 in Lower Austria.This land is a highly diverse territory with wine, wood, field and bushland. Using a system of association between letter, tree, place, quality, historical and mythical narratives (which is also the case in the Alphabet of Trees), von Samsonow reads the landscape of this biodiverse habitat, and in doing so creates a journey into the core of imagination, a poem written by the land itself.

Von Samsonow‘s project aims at giving space to gestures of attention and mutual recognition,expanding the zone of transhuman communication. The project seeks to offer new dimensions to ”thinking Gaias“ or ”reading Gaia“, the autopoetic planetary force, and to support the creation of ”trigger points“ which serve as nodes for building a complex architecture of coexistence.

The Elder, giving name to the project, is a bush or tree that features frequently in fairy tales, folkmedicine and mythology, as a healing plant offering flower, berry and bark for therapeutical use. Technically it is a pioneering plant able to grow even under difficult conditions. The Goddesses‘Land is located in the region of Hollabrunn referring to the connection between the Elder and the ”fountain of Holla“ which is the Goddess, more precisely: the White Goddess or her Winter aspect.The project engages with local village residents, hunters and farmers in order to retrace the manifold imaginaire of Elder in the region.

Ringel, Ringel, Reihe,

sind der Kinder dreie,

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Smolka Contemporary

Studierende der Akademie der bildenden Künste


21.06. – 17.07.2021 / Soon
curated by Elisabeth von Samsonow and Kate Strain


Land of the Goddess (Photo David Sanderson)

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Die Erfindung der Vogelstimmen

Forum Schloss Wolkersdorf
Sa, 19 Juni 14:00 - So, 18 Juli 18:00


Vienna Biennale
For Change 2021

Climate Care in the digital Age

The Dissident Goddesses’ Land

In summer 2020, a group of artists and culture workers founded the four-hectare “Land of the Goddesses” in the Pulkau Valley (Lower Austria). This is biodiverse land covered with vineyards, forests, overgrown scrubland, wasteland, and fallow. The land will be used for THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK—a research project at the Academy of Fine Arts—as a laboratory for an investigation in the sense of contemporary Eco Art and deep ecology practice. A Mongolian yurt on a Palaeolithic site near Alberndorf serves as an in-situ parliament for encounters, projects, storytelling, and community teaching. The aim is to facilitate measures against climate change: targeted planting, water detection, improvement of humus.

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GPL Contemporary


Group exhibition
curated by Christian Stock


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Frauenmuseum Bonn

Langeweile im Paradies

Group exhibition
07.3.- 31.10.2021 

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"Fata Morgana" - Biggi Slongo

Film premiere

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Image: A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift, production still from HD video, Elisabeth Von Samsonow, 2021


TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture with support from the French Embassy in Ireland present:

A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift

Film premiere
16 April 2021, 9pm


A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift is a new film commission curated by Kate Strain. Evolving through many iterations, A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift is a collaborative film by Austrian artist and philosopher Elisabeth von Samsonow and commissioned artists Ruby Wallis and Michaele Cutaya, Michelle Doyle, Ruth Le Gear, Marielle MacLeman, Naïmé Perrette, Liliane Puthod, Sara Sadik.

The film gathers contributions from each artist, through film, sculpture, music, sound and design, and uses collaged footage to investigate our access to nature through poetry. The codes that we as humans attempt to decipher - trees / alphabet / place, the inherent wisdom of the open air, and how to share it between practices and disparate geographic locations is a central theme of the film. Elisabeth von Samsonow is interested in the role of the White Goddess, and the Deep Ecology movement. Seeking to create poetry from the forest, she created an alphabet based on trees native to both Ireland and Austria.

"How to do an art project with people involved in different countries during a pandemic? The lockdown can also be taken as another word for territorialisation as everybody had to stay right in their place. Territorialisation, unintentional or intentional, means coming-backto-one’s world, to reattach oneself to a segment of the world. Instead of all meeting together in the region of Galway, we started to rethink Ireland, where we did not go, in Lower Austria. We had wanted to give shape to our project through the old Irish alphabet of trees, Beth-Luis-Nion [also known as Ogham], which was widely commented on by Robert von Ranke-Graves in his voluminous book The White Goddess (1948). To this end we remapped the Land of the Goddesses, a highly diverse territory with vineyards, wood, field and bushland in Lower Austria. Filming in this context became a process of self-reflexion and awareness in relation to the perception of the land. Via the performances, the documentation of the land was freed from the historical stereotypes of ‘landscape’. The performative gaze on the land is more of a guerrilla type of solidarisation and reterritorialisation that can also be seen in the footage that was produced by the collaborating artists. A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift turned out to be a model of how to do journeys without moving.” Elisabeth von Samsonow

A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift is an example of total field operation - exploring the relationships between diverse spaces and places at a time when physical contact and travel has become impossible. Curated by Kate Strain, edited by Eavan Aiken and produced by Anne Mullee, the film will premiere online on Friday 16th April at 9pm.

Register for tickets here

Commissioned by TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.