Art Over Lunch: Border CrossingsVIEW EVENT DETAILS
North and South Korean Art from the Sigg Collection
The exhibition Border Crossings at the Kunstmuseum Bern allows the public a close look at the Korean Peninsula, divided since 1953. A 250-kilometer border of barbed-wire fences and anti-tank barriers divides Korea into two states which could not be more different from one another. Equally divergent is the art produced simultaneously in the two countries.
The North fosters a socialist-realist tradition of painting, while in the South a vital contemporary art examines the irreconcilability of the two political systems and the lived reality of the population. In the exhibition, the contrasting world-views engage in a dialogue with one another and invite the public to approach Korea’s history as well as its present.
Selected works from the Sigg Collection form the starting-point of the exhibition and set visitors on a journey through Korean art from the 1970s until the 2010s. During his time as Swiss ambassador to China, Uli Sigg was also ambassador to North Korea (1995 – 1998). This gave him both a profound insight into North Korean reality and the unique opportunity to acquire works.
Leading you through this exhibition will be Kunstmuseum Bern Chief Curator Kathleen Bühler.
Kathleen Bühler studied art history, film studies and philosophy and received her PhD from the University of Zurich on the experimental film work of Carolee Schneemann (Marburg 2009). 2021 she was nominated Chief Curator of Kunstmuseum Bern. Before that, she has been curator and head of the Department of Contemporary Art since 2008. She has written numerous exhibition reviews for the feature section of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and regularly contributes to international contemporary art in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. Solo Exhibitions with Tracey Emin (2009),Yves Netzhammer (2010), Berlinde De Bruyckere (2011), Zarina Bhimji (2012), Bill Viola (2014), Bethan Huws (2014), Silvia Gertsch/Xerxes Ach (2015/16), Miriam Cahn (2019),Thomas Hirschhorn ("Robert Walser-Sculpture" as part of the 13th Swiss sculpture exhibition Biel 2019) and El Anatsui (2020). Border Crossings. North and South Korean Art from the Sigg Collection is her second exhibition curated with Uli Sigg’s art collection. Chinese Whispers. Recent Art From the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections (2016) was her first. It was a major success and had more than 130’000 visitors in Switzerland before it traveled to Vienna, Austria.
We have a very limited number of tickets. In order to avoid no-shows, a CHF 50 no-show fee will be charged if you do not cancel your registration until 24 hours before the event the latest.
About Art over Lunch
Art over Lunch is a monthly event series for members of Asia Society Switzerland. Each time, we visit an exhibition or a special part of a collection with artists, curators and experts for 45 minutes. The tours are designed to give members a different view on the vast troves at the museums and galleries in the city of Zurich and provide an opportunity to mingle and discuss.
Art over Lunch is made possible with the support of the private bank Bergos.
For event details visit https://asiasociety.org/switzerland/events/art-over-lunch-border-crossings Kunstmuseum Bern Hodlerstrasse 8–12 3011 Bern (MAP)
Note that a brown bag lunch is only provided for participants who have also signed up for the second tour the same day.