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The torches of Prometheus
Henry Fuseli and Javier Téllez

20 June – 12 October 2014

The titanic figure of Prometheus has resonated throughout literature, painting and music since European Romanticism. For Goethe and Fuseli, the ancient myth of the theft of fire became the quintessential embodiment of humanity’s striving for self-determination. That universal message lives on to this day in the Olympic flame. Yet the blessing was also a curse; and this is the subject of the celebrated film installation by Venezuelan artist Javier Téllez. The camera slowly circles around two sculptures: the nude male Prometheus by the National Socialist Arno Breker and the ’degenerate’ hermaphrodite figure by the ’outsider’ artist Karl Genzel. The two works were exhibited in Munich in 1937. The exhibition in the cabinet confronts paintings and drawings by Henry Fuseli from the Kunsthaus collection with this central work of contemporary art.

Supported by the Zurich Festival

Henry Fuseli, Prometheus, 1781
Kunsthaus Zürich, Collection of Prints and Drawings
Henry Fuseli, Prometheus, 1781
Kunsthaus Zürich, Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Die Fackeln des Prometheus [exhibition poster]

Die Fackeln des Prometheus : J. H. Füssli und Javier Téllez...