Cosmos Emma Kunz
A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art
- The art of Swiss-born healer and researcher Emma Kunz (1892-1963) has gained international recognition and has been on display at the Venice Biennale (2013) and recently at Munich's Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (all 2019/20)
- Spirituality and faith healing are topical subjects among contemporary artists and society in general alike
- The book features the art of Emma Kunz in dialogue with work by contemporary artists through colour plates and interviews
Emma Kunz (1892-1963) was a Swiss healer and artist. Born to a family of weavers, she showed abilities of telepathy, prophecy, and as a healer early in her life and began to exercise her divining pendulum as a young adult. Never formally trained in art, she also began in 1938 to produce large-scale, delicate geometric drawings using her divining pendulum and based on questions she encountered and visions she had, proving to be an accomplished and even visionary artist nonetheless.
The fascination of Kunz's art has never been greater than it is today. Created under a secluded way of life far removed from any art scene, her works exemplified already 80 years ago what today we take for granted: an expanded concept of creativity that rejects the question of art or non-art and incorporates a wide range of activities: research, medicine, nature, as well as the supernatural, magical, animistic and visionary.
Published to coincide with a major exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland, which has already staged the first-ever public display of Emma Kunz's drawings in 1973, this book puts her drawings and activities as a healer in dialogue with the work and positions of contemporary artists such as Agnieszka Brzezanska, Joachim Koester, Goshka Macuga, Shana Moulton, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Mai-Thu Perret. Alongside some 120 illustrations, mostly in colour, the book features essays on spirituality and esoterism in contemporary art as well as interviews with these artists.
Text in English and German.
- Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
- 12th Apr 2021
- Paperback / softback
- UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Central and South America
- 310 mm x 230 mm
- 208 Pages
- 100 color, 20 b&w