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Kunsthaus Zürich

Fly me to the Moon. The Moon landing: 50 years on

5 April – 30 June 2019

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing – an event that, like no other, transformed our relationship with the world and our environment. The view of Earth from space gave rise to a new awareness of the fragility of our existence, and the Blue Planet as ‘Spaceship Earth’ has come to symbolize life itself. The space race began in 1957 when the Russians launched their Sputnik satellite into orbit, sparking fear and anxiety in Western nations that led to the establishment of NASA in 1958. The USSR upped the ante in 1961, sending Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut, into space and returning him safely to Earth. This prompted J. F. Kennedy’s ambitious announcement of a project to land a man on the Moon before the decade was out.

Our exhibition is a journey through the history of artists’ engagement with the Moon, from the Romantic era to the present day. Divided into thematic sections, it focuses on topics such as lunar topography, moonlit night and the Moon’s shadow, ailments associated with the Moon, zero gravity and the Moon as mass media phenomenon.

With around 200 works by Darren Almond, Pawel Althamer, Kader Attia, Knud Andreassen Baade, John Baldessari, Peder Balke, Hans Baluschek, Rosa Barba, Guido Baselgia, Marc Bauer, Oliver van den Berg, Nuotama Frances Bodomo, René Burri, John Chamberlain, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Johan Christian Dahl, Robert Delaunay, Vladimir Dubossarsky, Marcel Duchamp, Albrecht Dürer, Sǿren Engsted, Max Ernst, Nir Evron, Sylvie Fleury, Lucio Fontana, Agnes Fuchs, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Galileo Galilei, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Romeo Grünfelder, Ingo Günther, Michael Günzburger, Richard Hamilton, Hannah Höch, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Philipp Keel, Albert von Keller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Yves Klein, F.H. König, Kiki Kogelnik, David Lamelas, Fritz Lang, Lena Lapschina, Sonia Leimer, Alexei Leonov, Zilla Leutenegger, René Magritte, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Meister der Darmstädter Passion, Georges Méliès, Pierre Mennel, Anna Meschiari, Cristina de Middel, Jyoti Mistry, Edvard Munch, Forrest Myers, Friedrich Nerly, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Hans Reichel, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Thomas Riess, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Michael Sailstorfer, Niki de Saint Phalle, Peter Schamoni, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Roman Signer, Andrej Sokolov, Nedko Solakov, Edward Steichen, Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Ilja Tschaschnik, Konstantin Vialov, Alexander Vinogradov, Zhan Wang, Andy Warhol, Marianne von Werefkin, Nives Widauer, Arthur Woods, Konstantin Ziolkowski.

In association with the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Accompanying programme
In addtion to the regular public guided tours (on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m., in German) and workshops, the exhibition is accompanied bey an exiting series of fringe events.
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The exhibition is a collaboration with the German Aerospace Center.  It will later be shown at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg.

Curator: Cathérine Hug

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Ausstellungsplakat, Design: Crafft
Ausstellungsplakat, Design: Crafft
Exhibition video