Emma Kunz Cosmos

A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art

Art and Healing: Emma Kunz’s fascinating oeuvre in the mirror of the present

 

Title Information

Edited by Yasmin Afschar

1st edition

, 2021

Texts English and German

Paperback

248 pages, 198 color and 19 b/w illustrations

24.5 x 32.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-682-5

In collaboration with the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

Content

Emma Kunz (1892–1963) was a Swiss healer and artist. Born to a family of weavers, her abilities of telepathy, prophecy, and as a healer became evident early in life and she began to exercise her divining pendulum as a young adult. Although never formally trained in art, in 1938 she also began to produce large-scale, delicate geometric drawings using her divining pendulum. With her work based on the questions she encountered and the visions she had, Kunz proved to be an accomplished and even visionary artist.

Fascination with Kunz’s art has never been greater than it is today. Living a secluded life, far from any art scene, the works she created eighty years ago exemplify what we now take for granted: an expanded concept of creativity that rejects the question of art versus non-art and incorporates a wide range of topics: research, medicine, nature, as well as supernatural, magical, animistic, and visionary elements.

Published to coincide with a major exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland, where the first-ever public display of Emma Kunz’s drawings was staged in 1973, this book sets her drawings and activities as a healer in dialogue with the work and positions of contemporary artists such as Agnieszka Brzez˙an´ska, Joachim Koester, Goshka Macuga, Shana Moulton, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Mai-Thu Perret. Alongside some 120 illustrations, mostly in color, the book features essays on spirituality and esotericism in contemporary art as well as interviews with the artists mentioned. An innovative exhibition tour via 3-D laser scan technology completes the book.

 

Essays by Yasmin Afschar, Lars Bang Larsen and Elise Lammer. Conversations between the artists and Meret Kaufmann, Bettina Mühlebach, Sabrina Negroni,  Ingo Niermann, Marco Pasi, Julia Voss and Judith Welter.

 

Yasmin Afschar is an art historian and since 2018, curator at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau.

 

Named one of the Most Beautiful German Books 2021.

 

Designed by Atlas Studio.

Authors & Editors
Praise

"The arrangement of the works and their dialogue with Kunz's works create a coherent and inspiring environment that further knits the basic tonality of Emma Kunz's holistic approach. The open and unfinished nature of such a discourse also allows us to participate in an individual way." Susanna Koeberle, swiss-architects

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Emma Kunz, Werk Nr. 172, undated. Colored pencil on paper, Ø 68 cm (sheet dimension), Emma Kunz Stiftung, Würenlos. © Emma Kunz Stiftung, Photo: Conradin Frei, Zurich

Emma Kunz, Werk Nr. 165, undated. Colored pencil and oil pastel on brown graph paper, 109 × 107.5 × 4.5 cm (frame dimension), Emma Kunz Stiftung, Würenlos. © Emma Kunz Stiftung, Photo: Conradin Frei, Zurich

Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat, Meeting a Flower Halfway, 2021. HD-Video, round projection frame, 12’20’’, Loop (Videostill). © Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat

Emma Kunz, Werk Nr. 109, undated. Pencil and colored pencil on blue graph paper, 99 x 97 x 3.5 cm (frame dimension), Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau. © Emma Kunz Stiftung, Photo: Jörg Müller, Aarau

Joachim Koester, Idolomantis Diabolica, 2015. Inkjet Print, 109 × 84 cm, Collection Frac Normandie Rouen. © Joachim Koester

Mai­-Thu Perret, Untitled (after no. 067), 2020. Neon tubes, ø 15 mm, 6 transformers, 350 × 470 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich. Photo: Conradin Frei, Zurich

Emma Kunz, Werk Nr. 057, undated. Colored pencil and oil pastel on brown graph paper, 102 x 108 x 4.5 cm (frame dimension), Emma Kunz Stiftung, Würenlos. © Emma Kunz Stiftung, Photo: Conradin Frei, Zurich

Emma Kunz, Werk Nr. 393, undated. Colored pencil and oil pastel on blue graph paper, 64 x 64 cm (sheet dimension), Emma Kunz Stiftung, Würenlos. © Emma Kunz Stiftung

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