The Unfathomable Center

Exhibitions of Emma Kunz

A year ago, the intricate geometric drawings by Emma Kunz (1892-1963) were shown in the significant World Receivers exhibition at the Lenbachhaus in Munich in dialogue with the works of Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) and Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). There, in the rear part of the exhibition space, they seemed to be pushed into a corner and the dense hanging made viewing these energetically intense works almost unbearable.

From March to May 2019, Emma Kunz had a solo exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery in London. Here, hanging on a lofty wall quite similarly as under the high gable in the main room in the permanent exhibition of the Emma Kunz Zentrum in Würenlos, Switzerland, her works were able to radiate freely and thus their intricate weaving and complexity revealed their primordial meditative sereneness.

Now Emma Kunz's works have returned from the Serpentine Gallery to Switzerland in the remote Lower Engadine, where they can be seen at the exhibition space of Polish collector Grażyna Kulczyk, the Muzeum Susch from July 27 to November 24, 2019. At the same time, another body of work by Emma Kunz is being displayed again side by side with paintings by Hilma af Klint in the current exhibition A New Age: The Spiritual in Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. There, the two spiritual creators are placed in context with works by contemporary artists such as Marina Abramović, Muntean/Rosemblum and Maxime Rossi. These four exhibitions in a short time at prominent locations show the significance Emma Kunz currently enjoys in the discourse on the spiritual in art.

Emma Kunz herself described her way of creating symmetrical geometric patterns out of line meshes on graph paper as a "novel method of drawing". She had self-published a book under this title (Neuartige Zeichnungsmethode) in the early 1950ies. With the help of a pendulum, Kunz explored the empty sheet until she suddenly and quickly began to draw automatically lines like a machine. She understood the geometric form vocabulary dictated by the subtle sensorium of her pendulum as transformations and unfoldings of interconnected numbers, which form the mysterious basic substrate for the emergence of certain forms and shapes. The complexity of inner experiences is reflected in the complexity of her works on paper.

Kunz never considered herself an artist, but a healer. Her graphic work is also part of a healing process. Patterns of energy fields emerged as answers to a wide variety of questions that she had directed to her pendulum: diagrams that for her became explanatory systems for the hidden relations between the macrocosm and the microcosm, between man and nature.

Emma Kunz. Visionary Drawings
Muzeum Susch
27 July - 24 November 2019

A New Age: The Spiritual in Art
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
6 August 2019 – 2 February 2020

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