Art – lust in space – culture

The sparkling exhibition "Zero Gravity" on the occasion of the anniversary of the moon landing at the Eres Foundation

The installation of Peter Kogler seems to relieve the visitor of gravity. In the foreground, a fully operational space suit, a replica of the A7L space suit worn by the Apollo crew.

(Photo courtesy of Gerhard Daum, Technik Speyer Museum / Thomas Dashuber)

Frank Sinatra's well-known song "Fly Me To The Moon", premiered this spring at the Kunsthaus Zürich, can not be heard in the "Zero Gravity" exhibition of the Eres Foundation in Munich. The Space Odyssey takes you into a selection of fine music and presents vinyl records with music by John Cage, Brian Eno, György Ligeti, the stones and Sun Ra, which is played on demand on a Braun stereo by designer Dieter Rams from 1972. But this remains a cultural highlight of the opening credits of the movie "Barbarella", in which Jane Fonda gets rid of her combination space in an incredibly sexy striptease in apparent weightlessness. Of course, this is by no means an emancipated image of the woman, maybe just the hippie atmosphere of 1968, but she is wonderful to watch.

Peter Kogler, artist and curator of the presentation, has transformed the exhibition halls into an Op Art style reflection facility. A film with parallel lines and curved and veiled arches covers the walls and floors. The halls resemble biomorphic structures covered with heterotopic structures, which wonderfully confuse the senses. Visitors to the basement gallery seem to be relieved of gravity: "zero gravity".

Despite the affection of pop culture, the Eres Foundation still pursues a serious scientific objective. Thus, in the series of lectures, the scientist and former astronaut Ulf Merbold and the head of the European Space Agency Esa, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, were expected; also the architect Wolf D. Price of Coop Himmelb (l) au. This architectural firm also presents the model of "The Cloud" of 1968 which, like many other objects and projects presented in this exhibition, inspired the science of NASA programs and the 39 space exploration in the 1960s. A fully functional space suit is on display, as well as equipment used during lunar missions.

The focus of this exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon in the night of July 20 to 21, 1969, however, is the artistic examination of the subject. And here, the Eres Foundation has unleashed a real fireworks display, bringing together loans from numerous private collections from around the world as well as from the Technikmuseum Speyer: drawings by the visionary of architecture Buckminster Fuller, the brutalist buildings of his era with energy-efficient forms and natural Opposite material concepts. Today, historical drawings, scale models, catalogs and lithographs of artists such as Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Fred Sandback, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Otto Mühl, Dan Flavin and others passionate about their contemporaries, to discover the space and once beyond settling on our land, could not escape.

Robert Rauschenberg was particularly enthusiastic about aerospace. But he did not let himself be blindly carried away by his enthusiasm for technology, but in his artistic expression he sought to reconcile technology and nature. In addition, there are movies, posters and photos showing how fashion – gloriously examples of Richard Avedon – and even the entire entertainment industry have embarked enthusiastically in all kinds of Space odysseys. But contemporary guest artists also prove that the fascination for space is far from being extinct and that it only takes a small spark to ignite. Some of them work almost interdisciplinary, like Lukas Kindermann, whose scientific thoroughness deals with details.

The more you enter the exhibition, the more the thematic and intercultural circles evolve. In the Western world, the euphoria of the cosmos was not the only one. Finally, in the midst of the Cold War, there was a race to conquer the space between the West and the East. Among other things, besides the paper works, one can see the kinetic object of the light of the Slovak artist Stano Filko of the sixties. One can even see excerpts of alternatives broadcast live from the landing on the Moon, broadcast live worldwide for more than 28 hours, while they were broadcast around the world. Interview with Sabine Adler of the Eres Foundation with Charlie Duke, astronaut and Moonwalker. Finally, a German V2 rocket fragment also indicates that US space missions rely on the findings of Hitler's rocket engineer, Wernher von Braun.

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On the night of July 20 to 21, 1969, the American Neil Armstrong was the first human to enter the moon. His comment "it's a small step for a man, but a big leap for humanity" has entered the collective memory.

But let's go back to the beginning of the exhibition and to the most enjoyable moments. In the middle of Kogler's silver room – even the vaulted ceilings are painted in color – replicas "Silver Cloud" float. Helium-filled metal foil cushions were designed by Andy Warhol in 1966. So, if you tap them gently, they turn lazily and seemingly weightless in the room – almost as beautiful as Barbarella.

Zero Gravity. Apollo 11 and the new concept of space, Eres Foundation, Römerstr. 15h: Opening: Saturday, July 20 at 19h, to see until November 30, Tuesday / Sunday / Saturday. 11:00 to 17:00 and by appointment (summer break from 11 August to 2 September), dates of the scientific support program on www.eres-stiftung.de