Moonlight, an exhibition at the KunstMuseum Bern
#BERN The moon has definitely been the source of many fantasies since time immemorial. The Grand Palais in Paris is dedicating an exhibition dedicated to the terrestrial satellite until July 22nd and questions its representation in the imagination of artists. For the Kunst Museum in Bern, it is the fascination with man since he walked on the moon that is the main theme of the exhibition “Moonlight”
It is not insignificant that two great European museums are paying tribute to him in this year 2019: Fifty years ago, it was neither the Barbicane of Jules Vernes nor Tintin and Milou who were aluning, but human beings, made of flesh and blood. The moon thus became the starting point for new dreams and fantasies.
Through the Swiss Museum’s graphic arts collection, photographs and works on paper, the exhibition shows representations of the moon from different periods: sometimes the moon appears as the source of illumination for nocturnal landscapes, sometimes as the allegorical figure of various realities, going as far as the anthropomorphic substrate of our moods. Unlike the sun, which is the star of the day, the moon symbolizes the night, the darkness, the impenetrable by reason, the frightening, the wonderful, the feminine. It is also believed to have healing powers. “Clair de Lune” features works by Paul Klee, Claude Sandoz, Hans Sebald Beham, Balthasar Anton Dunker, Franz Niklaus König, Ernst Kreidolf, Nell Walden, Meret Oppenheim and many others.
Moonlight, images of the Moon in the Graphic Arts collection
From June 18 to October 20
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