The Kunsthaus Zürich turns the spotlight on an event that changed the world: the first Moon landing. This exhibition with 200 objects on display is a journey through the history of artists’ engagement with the Moon.

The view from the Moon – a journey into the unknown

The Moon landing on 20 July 1969 gripped audiences around the world and delivered the first-ever images of the Earth from space. Some of the artists in our exhibition were euphoric, and responded by producing heroic images that symbolized the faith in technology and progress prevalent at the time. Others identified a threat to humanity. Seen from a distance of 384,000 km the Blue Planet appears small and vulnerable – in stark contrast to the opportunistic egos of its inhabitants.

Curator Cathérine Hug has conceived an exhibition that skilfully explores these tensions. Visitors will encounter star charts, romanticized paintings, the propaganda of rival political systems during the Cold War, documentary photographs and fictional film clips.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Space Walk, 2002, Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © 2019 Pro Litteris, Zurich
William Anders, First Earthrise seen by human eyes, Apollo 8, 1968, Collection Victor Martin-Malburet, NASA / Collection Victor Martin-Malburet
Andy Warhol, Moonwalk (1, yellow), 1987, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / 2019, Pro Litteris Zurich
Darren Almond, Moonbow@Fullmoon, 2011, Courtesy of the artist, © Darren Almond
Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Earth Wins!, 2004, Collection of Ekaterina and Vladimir Semenikhin, © Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov
Sylvie Fleury, High Heels on the Moon, 2005, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Foto: Courtesy Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, © Sylvie Fleury
René Magritte, Sans titre (Architecture au clair de lune), ca. 1935, © 2019 Pro Litteris, Zurich
Hannah Höch, Den Männern gewidmet, die den Mond eroberten, 1969, Foto: Galerie Remmert und Barth, Düsseldorf / Walter Klein, Düsseldorf, © 2019 Pro Litteris, Zurich
Roman Signer, Mondflug, 2017, Foto: Stampa Galerie, Basel, © Roman Signer
Konstantin Ziolkowski, Inside a rocket by the end of the explosion 
(Phenomenon of zero gravity), drawing from the Manuscript ‘Album of Cosmic Journeys’, 21. 2. 1933, Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Marianne von Werefkin, Schlittschuhläufer, 1911, Fondazione Marianne Werefkin, Ascona, Comune di Ascona, Museo comunale d’arte moderna
Gianni Motti, First Step in Belgium, 2010, Courtesy of the Artist and Perrotin, Foto: Claire Dorn
Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Cosmonaut No. 1, 2006, Courtesy Vladimir Dobrovolsky, © Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov


CHF 23.–/18.– (concessions and groups)
incl. audioguide

Note for groups

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The exhibition starts in the Romantic era and focuses on the post-war period. Themes such as topography, moonlight and the Moon’s shadow, the Moon as mass media phenomenon and zero gravity link historical facts to legends and subjective creations.

You’ll make your way through installations in an associative learning experience that explores the many ways in which artists have engaged with the Moon and its relationship to our planet. A number of them hold up a mirror to the denizens of the Earth.

Accompanying programme

Public guided tours

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. (in German)

Discussions, Family Day and much more

From a Bernese solar sail to architectural utopias for Spaceship Earth.

Accompanying programme (PDF)

Artist's audioguide

Liam Gillick – who normally gets attention rather with his paintings, sculptures and conceptual works – has created the audioguide for visitors to help them navigate through the various themes: from celebrated and fallen heroes, moonlight and the staging of space travel to media hype – the buzz that greeted Neil Armstrong’s one small step as it morphed into a giant leap for mankind.

In addition to the regular guided tours and workshops, ‘Fly me to the Moon’ is accompanied by an exciting series of fringe events – with participants including Elisabeth Bronfen (Professor of English and American Studies, University of Zurich), Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), and Guido Schwarz (Swiss Space Museum).

The exhibition is a collaboration with the German Aerospace Center. After Zurich, ‘Fly me to the Moon’ will be shown at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.

Curator: Cathérine Hug


Image above:

Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Cosmonaut No. 1, 2006, Courtesy Vladimir Dobrovolsky, © Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov

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