© the Artist; ProLitteris 2019, Zurich
Curated by Francesca Benini
Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole
© the Artist; ProLitteris 2019, Zurich
Erna und Curt Burgauer Stiftung
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The exhibition Towards No Earthly Pole has been conceived around the videowork of the same name: like a diorama that visitors can enter, the exhibition space has been transformed into a setting filled with lights, sounds and materials that becomes a sensorial extension of the images seen in the video projection. Visitors are encircled by the landscape of polar regions and projected into known yet alienating places that arouse conflicting emotions, combining calm beauty with ancient menace.
The idea of the Towards No Earthly Pole project arose in 2017 when Charrière was invited on board a ship of Russian researchers passing through the Drake Passage that runs between Cape Horn and the Southern Shetland Islands. The powerful impression made on him by the Antarctic landscape and his readings of early 20th-century exploration gave rise to the work, which subsequently took him to the Rodano and Aletsch glaciers in Switzerland, Mont Blanc, Iceland and Greenland.
On the lines of famous predecessors, Charrière transposes exploration of the polar and glacier regions into the contemporary context of the Anthropocene, revealing how the relationship between man and nature has been turned on its head. Places that in the past were thought of as the last frontiers to be conquered and mapped are today considered fragile ecosystems to be protected.
Founded in 2015, after just a few years the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI Lugano) has become one of the most visited art museums in Switzerland. It forms a cultural bridge between the north and south of the Alps, between Latin and Germanic Europe. Through its two locations – the LAC cultural centre and the historic Palazzo Reali – it offers a rich programme with temporary exhibitions and changing collection presentations as well as a comprehensive, multilingual educational programme for visitors of all ages. The offer is complemented by the close collaborations with the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, which is part of the MASI network, entirely dedicated to contemporary art. MASI is one of the Swiss museums to be directly supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and is also one of the “Art Museums of Switzerland”, the group of museums selected by Switzerland Tourism to promote the country’s cultural image worldwide.
Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana
Lugano Arte e Cultura - Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
From Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 –18:00. On Thursday open until 20:00. Closed on Monday.
Special openings: 6th of January 2020
Full: Chf 20.– Reduced: Chf 14.– AVS/AI, over 65 y.o., groups, students 17–25 y.o.
Free: Younger than 16 y.o., every first Thursday of the month from 17.00 to 20.00
Free guided tour for single visitors every Sunday and every first Thursday of the month (online booking only)
Guided tour for groups
In italian: Chf 150.–
In french, german or english: Chf 200.–
Combined guided tour for groups
In italian: Chf 250.–
In french, german or english: Chf 300.–
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Useful advice for the visit: bags larger than 40x40x20cm, trolleys, backpack and strollers must be stored in the cloakroom.
Schools of Cantone Ticino and Grigioni Italiano
Entrance + guided tour: free
Younger than 17 y.o.
In italian: Chf 80.– each group; In french, german or english: Chf 100.– each group
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Ph: +41 (0)58 866 42 30
Complete program of educational activities: www.edu.luganolac.ch