The exhibition and the preceding series of events take up the debate about climate change. Historical and contemporary, with art from the 18th century to the present.
Conservation and sustainability
«Earth Beats» is an artistic plea for the protection of the earth and its natural resources, growing out of the urgency of the present. Nature is firmly anchored in art history through landscape painting. While we encounter it largely as an idyllic setting in works from past centuries, since the 1970s it has appeared more and more clearly as an entity threatened by human hands and at the same time worthy of protection. What do we see in Robert Zünd's painting of a moor landscape that he did not see? And do we also appreciate the documentary value of a colored glacier painting from before photography?
The exhibition traces the artistic engagement with the “blue planet” and its vulnerability. The development of the history of ideas plays just as important a role as future-oriented scenarios for the sustainable use of natural resources. Around 120 works by Lothar Baumgarten, Vaughn Bell, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Ursula Biemann, Nomin Bold, Laurence Bonvin, Herbert Brandl, Julian Charrière, Edward Theodore Compton, Gustave Courbet, Tony Cragg, Buby Durini, Thomas Fearnley will be shown , Peter Fischli David Weiss, Francesca Gabbiani, Ludwig Hess, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Ferdinand Hodler, Anna Jermolaewa, Ruth Kaaserer, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Armin Linke & Giulia Bruno & Giuseppe Ielasi, Richard Long, Marcus Maeder, Maurice Maggi, Ana Mendieta, Conrad Meyer,