How did artists respond in their work to the historical rift created by Fascism and the Second World War? And how, between the end of the conflict and the mid-1950s, did they find new ways to give shape to existence – and indeed the existence of art itself? Examing developments in art between 1933 – a watershed year in history – and 1955, the exhibition Hour Zero. Resignation and renewal in art tries to answer the questions above by offering a prism of the Kunsthaus Collection.
With works by Serge Brignoni, Alberto Giacometti, Fritz Glarner, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Wols, Helen Dahm, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Nicolas de Staël, Jackson Pollock and others, the exhibition features European and North American pieces from the Kunsthaus Collection, including many from Switzerland.
A separate display presents the results of research into the origins of the works on paper acquired by the Kunsthaus for its Collection of Prints and Drawings between 1933 and 1950.