Martin Disler in Davos

Martin Disler (1949-1996), without title, canvas and acrylic paint. Legacy Martin Disler. Photo: Kirchner Museum Davos

Martin Disler (1949-1996) was a draughtsman, painter, sculptor and poet. In his art, he reflects on the vulnerability of human existence. The exhibition (Theater des Überlebens. Martin Disler – die späten Jahre) focuses on the last ten years of his career and relates his paintings and sculptures from this period to the work of Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938.

The exhibition shows some of the large bronze figures and his paintings, canvases of large format with acrylic paint and clearly recognizable motifs. They resemble The Scream (Skrik in Norwegian) by Edvard Munch (1863-1944). The elementary power of expression and his fascination for physicality are manifested in the various techniques.



The Cosmos of Dürrenmatt

Walter Jonas (1910-1979), The young Dürrenmatt, 1943/1944. Stiftung Walter Jonas. Photo: Strauhof Zurich

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the work of Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) and his status as a great German-speaking writer will be commemorated. The exhibition (Kosmos Dürrenmatt) focuses on his  (late) prose  (the Stoffe) and on his theatre work in the Schauspielhaus in Zurich. Dürrenmatt did not become a pastor like his father. However, the stories from the Old Testament and the Greek legends from his childhood have shaped his work throughout his life. During the exhibition, the complete works of Friedrich Dürrenmatt will be read out and made visible.

Once upon a Time in the Snow

Zugerberg. Photo: Museum Burg, Zug

The exhibition (Schnee war gestern – in den Voralpen) takes a look at a time when winter sports in the pre-Alps were booming and attracted huge numbers to the slopes, cross-country ski tracks and sledge runs. The show also touches on topical issues such as climate change, highlights its consequences and asks what the future holds for winter sports in the Alpine foothills.

It is only fifty years ago, In the 1960s and 1970s, that numerous small ski resorts were set up in the pre-Alps. Thousands of city dwellers and foreigners flocked to the slopes. Skiing became a popular sport for young and old.  Nowadays many of these ski resorts are fighting to survive. Due to the increased absence of snow, they are finding it hard to remain viable, despite the availability of snow cannons. Winter sports will probably have disappeared from low-lying areas by the middle of the 21st century.