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Survival of the Fittest Exhibit at the James Museum – Final Weekend

May 23 - May 27

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST:
ENVISIONING WILDLIFE AND WILDERNESS WITH THE BIG FOUR

MASTERWORKS FROM THE RIJKSMUSEUM TWENTHE AND THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART

Survival of the Fittest is the first time The James Museum will feature the paintings of four European masters. With 45 compelling masterworks, this exhibition comments on current conversations on land and wildlife conservation, offering profound insights into humanity’s evolving relationship with the wild. Known today as the Big Four—German-American Carl Rungius (1869–1959), Germans Richard Friese (1854–1918) and Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865–1926), and Swedish artist Bruno Liljefors (1860–1939)—revolutionized Western perspectives on our connection with Earth’s creatures. 

Transport yourself to the natural habitats of our world’s most majestic animals, a rare luxury in the time of the Big Four that still provides a captivating experience for today’s audience. Survival of the Fittest places the Big Four’s paintings in an international context, exploring colonialism, Darwinism, art history and alternative perspectives on wildlife and nature. This stunning exhibition captivates with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and invites visitors to reflect on their own relationship with the natural world. 

The James Museum

150 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701