21, 22... Time marches on, inexorably, even as you read this text. Join us on an inspiring journey through time, exploring the ideas that have surrounded it throughout history and the countless ways in which it is measured and perceived. From the Renaissance to the present day, this fascinating exhibition presents an immense diversity of artworks that, uniquely, are shown in dialogue with watches: timepieces in which perspectives from the natural sciences, sociology and economics are integral, just as they are in the works by over 100 artists on display.
This journey through the history of time brings together paintings, videos, films, installations, performances and examples of the watchmaker’s art. The works attest to the ephemeral nature of life; they tell of the changing seasons, the possibilities to reflect and global financial markets that are now synchronized down to the last picosecond. A multilayered carpet that sheds light on historical, palaeontological and physical views of time is laid out over more than 1,200 metres of exhibition space, dividing the presentation into six chapters which consider ‘deep time’, political dimensions and biological aspects of time, and more. Participatory formats invite visitors to share their views on innovative models of the future. The opportunity is as appealing as it is urgent, given the unending debate within society about how we can still safeguard the survival of our planet and those who live on it – and how much time we have left to do so.
Curated by Cathérine Hug, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée international d'horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in liaison with CERN in Meyrin and experts in the field.
Supported by Swiss Re - Partner for Contemporary Art and Credit Suisse - Partner Kunsthaus Zürich