Ilit Azoulay is participating in the group exhibition in ‘Take Care. Art and Medicine’ at Kunsthaus Zürich Museum.
The exhibition with over 300 works reveals how the apparently contrasting disciplines of art and medicine reflect physical humanity and the human psyche.
Health is a timeless human preoccupation. Concern with physical well-being in art is as old as art itself. The sensitive body is at once a working tool and object of observation. Taking their cue from works in the Kunsthaus collection, six chapters examine the productive interplay of sickness and pain, medicine, care and healing through 300 exhibits, over 250 of which are being made available by more than 40 national and international lenders. Early examples date back to the 15th century, while the most recent are works from 2022 produced specially for the exhibition.
A large spectrum of media, from drawing, painting and sculpture to video, spatial installation and performance, is on display in this asynchronous and associative sequence. The main focus of the artworks is on physical infirmities. The themes covered include the ‘golden age’ of medicine, ‘plagues and pandemics’, ‘prophylaxis, complementary medicine and self-healing’, ‘the diagnostic gaze and the hospital system’, ‘pharmaceutics and cutting-edge research’, and finally ‘patients at the crossroads of the normed and singular body’. Familiar names from the past meet young artists in their twenties who address the broad spectrum and fascinating evolution of the discourse surrounding the sick body.
The exhibition comprises the positions of 50 artists from the 19th to the 21st centuries, with detours as far back as the 15th: Panteha Abareshi, Ilit Azoulay, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabian Baumann, Judith Bernstein, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Rachal Bradley, Stefan Burger, Sophie Calle, Sabina Carraro, Georges Chicotot, Honoré Daumier, Jean Dubuffet, Albrecht Dürer, Max Ernst, Adolf Fleischmann, General Idea, Michael Günzburger, Anna Halprin and Ruedi Gerber, Barbara Hammer, Christoph Hänsli, Duane Hanson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Damien Hirst, Ferdinand Hodler, Andreas Hofer, Hanspeter Hofmann, huber.huber, Anna Jermolaewa, Hennric Jokeit, Fritz Kahn, Martin Kippenberger, Paul Klee, Herlinde Koelbl, Bruce Nauman, MANON, Michelle Miles, Shana Moulton, Thomas Müllenbach, Matt Mullican, Meret Oppenheim, Uriel Orlow, Herbert Ploberger, Maria Pomiansky, Marc Quinn, Arnulf Rainer, RELAX chiarenza & hauser & co, Pipilotti Rist, Ana Roldán, Pamela Rosenkranz, Corinne L. Rusch, Katja Schenker, Talaya Schmid, Kiki Smith, Veronika Spierenburg, Jules Spinatsch, Lucy Stein, Johanna Stierlin, Daniel Spoerri, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Varlin, Andreas Vesalius, Lotte Luise Volger, Christine Tien Wang and Nives Widauer.
Supported by Privatklinik Bethanien
Photos © Caroline Minjolle
Tue – Thu
By appointment only
11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 14:00