July 21, 2019, will bring the fiftieth anniversary of the first time a human set foot on the moon—an excellent occasion to examine the epoch-making event through the lens of art and take stock. Like few achievements before it, the moon landing changed humanity’s relationship with its environment. Seeing the Earth from space created unprecedented awareness of the fragility of our existence; the blue planet itself became an emblem of life and its vulnerability.
The exhibition undertakes an excursion into art history, gathering artists’ renditions and interpretations of the moon since the days of Galileo Galilei and the invention of the first telescope. Looking back on several centuries of human fascination with the moon, with an emphasis on the twentieth century and the present, it includes copperplate prints and paintings as well as photographs, video art, and multimedia installations.
A catalogue in German and English will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Curators: Thorsten Sadowsky with Christina Penetsdorfer and Tina Teufel
Conception: Cathérine Hug, Kunsthaus Zürich
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich
With generous support from Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council