The Art of Theater and Dada

To commemorate the Dada anniversary year in 2016, and being inspired by the legendary “Cabaret Voltaire” in Zurich (founded in 1916), two consecutive and related exhibitions are dealing with the theme of the stage in the visual arts from the 16th century up to the present day. The changing relationship between painting and stage are being shown in their respective historical contexts in an exhibition project that is at once comprehensive and crosses the genres. From their very beginnings, there has always been a particularly active exchange between the visual arts and theater. The central perspective of the early canvas paintings forms the main point of departure for Baroque theater. In addition, many painters and architects worked as festivity and stage decorators for the theater. They were familiar with the literary material and integrated this into their pictures. And vice versa, since the Renaissance, comic and tragic narrative types and characters of the theater were taken over by the visual arts. These two strands will be traced from the middle ages up to contemporary art in two acts staged in the museum, using stage models, costumes, installations, video works, paintings, sculpture and others works of art.