This Week in Zürich #1

World in Colour – Colour Photography Before 1915, Museum Rietberg, until September 27, 2015

Amazing early color photography based on an equally amazing philanthropic concept: knowledge of the world’s cultures through exchange. It includes a film about Albert Kahn, and you may realize that all these billionaires out there could do something more meaningful than buying art for 10 or 100 million. Details

 

Dani Gal, Sono Vietate Le Discussioni Politiche, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, until July 11, 2015

A contemporary way by the Israeli artist to use photography and film to show that there are ways to think about a political situation in different terms. There again: Don't miss the film A woman of valor (2015) about the outstanding 90-year old Holocaust surviver and civil rights activist Hedy Epstein! Details

 

 

Against Photography, Scheublein + Bak, until August 28, 2015

Never heard about Concrete Photography? Generative Photography? Welcome to the club. At Scheublin + Bak a selection of pictures and book introduce you to this forgotten or neglected chapter in the history of art and photography. There are many surprises, for instance the realization that Swiss painter Jean-Frédéric Schnyder was part of the show konkrete fotografie. 4 aspekte 1967 at galerie aktuell in Bern, Switzerland. If you go there, ask the gallery owners for an introduction! Details

 

Sophie Nys – Sitting Is the New Smoking, Binz39, until July 11, 2015

The show by the Belgian artist Sophie Nys mainly consists of a small book with casual photographs showing Haim Stainbach's exhibition at Kunsthalle Zürich in 2014. These are no classical views, but the ones of a guard sitting on a chair taking pictures when no visitors are around. There is emptiness, art does not seem alive, time goes by slowly and boredom seems inevitable. Here, the working for art becomes the making of art. Or is it the other way around? With a special contribution by Gregory Polony. Details

Talk with the artist: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 6 pm

 

Dedicated to Martin Hansen (1964–2015)
R.I.P.