Art over Lunch: A Ship Will Not ComeVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Guided tour at the Johann Jacobs Museum with Director Roger M. Buergel
"A ship will not come" – Switzerland is a seafaring nation and at home on the oceans. This much seems proven at least by film footage taken on the voyages of the “MS Basilea” in the 1950s and ’60s. Besides sea spray, clouds, wave crests and troughs, cargo loads of coffee and cocoa, or an entire herd of water buffalo, the images also document strange occurrences on land: for instance, the Swiss crew witness a parade during the Cultural Revolution in China – in which airplanes and trains (made of cardboard for the time being) are presented to an astonished crowd.
The “MS Basilea” footage gives us reason to ask about the stories written by ships. Stories that allow a view of the whole: of post-colonial struggles during the Cold War, or (in China’s case), the delicate beginnings of the world power of tomorrow. The “MS Basilea” footage is framed with artistic works. They tell of the oppressive loneliness of a modern container ship, of winds and ocean currents in the Atlantic as a climatic prerequisite for the slave trade, as well as a cemetery of ships in Gadani (Pakistan), where the daunting steel vessels are dismantled into the individual components that will reenter the global commodity cycle.
During this Art over Lunch, the Johann Jacobs Museum's director Roger M. Buergel will lead us through this multimedia exhibition, giving further context to the archival footage and the accompanying works that overall illustrate the global interdependence in terms of trade and transport routes. The broadening of understanding concerning these topics is the Johan Jacobs Museum's mission.
The Johann Jacobs Museum, located on the Seefeldquai in Zurich, is dedicated to the global interdependencies of our life-world. These interdependencies become especially clear when tracing the history of important trade goods and their transport routes. Products such as coffee, cocoa, petroleum, opium, sugar, silk, watches and diamonds have had a hand in shaping our planet, impacted cultures and revolutionized societies.
12:00 – Art Tour with Roger M. Buergel
12:45 – Lunch (included in ticket price)
13:15 – End of event
We will meet in the forecourt of the Johann Jacobs Museum at 11:50.
Face masks will be available.
This event is for Asia Society Members only. How to become a member?
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 followed by a small lunch. 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 Bergos Berenberg.
Johann Jacobs Museum
For event details visit https://asiasociety.org/switzerland/events/art-over-lunch-ship-will-not-come Johann Jacobs Museum Seefeldquai 17 8034 Zurich (MAP)