Kunsthaus Zürich, gift of the artist, 2021 © Francesca Gabbiani
Museum Folkwang, Essen, © Albert Renger- Patzsch / Archiv Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zürich / 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich
DESCRIPTION: "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 in works of past centuries we encounter it largely as idyllic scenery, since the 1970s it has appeared more and more clearly as an entity threatened by human hand and at the same time worthy of protection. What do we see in Robert Zünd's painting of a moorland landscape that he did not see? And do we also appreciate the documentary value of a colorful glacier painting from the time before photography? The exhibition traces the artistic exploration of the "blue planet" and its vulnerability. The development of ideas in the history of ideas plays just as important a role as future-oriented scenarios for the sustainable use of natural resources.