The HundKatzMaus (DogCatMouse) exhibition in the Kunsthaus, Zurich, from 1st April to 31st July 2011 displayed art works not only of those animals. There were other mammals, as well as birds and fish.
The pink shell lady was there with that most verbal of creatures, the ‘fluffy white’, known to dog beach goers as the ‘pipecleaner’ or ‘little yapper’. It was mercifully quiet – as one would expect from something made of shells.
One room featured a number of paintings of cows. ‘Veritably bucolic,’ I thought as I wandered from one to the next, imbibing the rural atmosphere.
But things soon turned dark.
Three paintings by different artists hung side by side. The first showed the cutting up of a dead steer; in the next, the cuts hung from hooks; finally the animal appeared in the guise of food on a platter. Andy Warhol ended the sequence with a large painting of a tin of vegetable beef soup.
What fun it must be to curate an art exhibition – to choose a theme and decide what one wants the viewer to consider.
What would you explore in your exhibition? ———————————————————————————————
Trams 3, 5, 8, 9 and 31 stop outside the Kunsthaus. For opening hours and details of exhibitions click here. Remember, on Wednesday, admission to the general collection (which included this exhibition) is free of charge for all visitors.