United by AIDS—An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS

Marc Bauer, Super Heroes, pencil on paper, 30cm x 42cm, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich

August 31–November 10, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, August 30, 2019

The extensive group show United by AIDS—An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS sheds light on the multifaceted and complex interrelation between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present, examining the blurred boundaries between art production and HIV/AIDS activism and showcasing artists who played and still play a leading role in this discourse. On display are positions that illustrate the diversity of perspectives on life with the HI virus and AIDS, with a particular focus on works that address issues such as isolation, transformation, the inexorable passing of time and mortality in relation to the politics of the body and representation. Since the introduction of highly effective antiretroviral therapies in the second half of the 1990s, “AIDS” has come to be widely seen as a phenomenon of the past, with little significance for the life of our societies today. On the global scale, however, deaths due to complications from AIDS still number almost 1 million per year. The exhibition seeks to untangle the complex and diverse narratives around HIV/AIDS and discuss their fragility in a contemporary perspective. One key section will be devoted to activist art pioneered in the New York scene of the 1980s and 1990s. The AIDS crisis not only prompted the rise of grassroots political activist movements such as ACT UP, it also energized and politicized the art world.

Featuring works by over 30 artists, the exhibition will be curated by Dr. Raphael Gygax (curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst). An accompanying anthology will be released.

With works by Absalon, Charles Atlas, Lyle Ashton Harris, Marc Bauer, Judith
Bernstein, Nayland Blake, Andrea Bowers, fierce pussy, Rafael França, Keith Haring, General Idea, Gran Fury, Group Material, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anna Halprin, Hudinilson Jr., Jochen Klein, Peter Kunz Opfersei, Stéphan Landry, Zoe Leonard, Carlos Motta, Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati, Real Madrid, Prem Sahib, Ellen Spiro & Cheryl Dunye, Rosa von Praunheim, Paul Thek, Edward Thomasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sue Williamson, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, and others.

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Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am–6 pm
Thu 11 am–8 pm
Sat/Sun 10 am–5 pm
Public Holidays

Adults: CHF 12
Reduced: CHF 8
Thu 5-8 pm: Free admission