Sumio Kawakami & Emil Zbinden - 18.6 - 28.8.2022


Short facts

  • Interlaken
  • 26.06. – 28.08.2022More dates
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Emil Zbinden (1908-1991) and Sumio Kawakami (1895-1972), a Swiss and a Japanese, both outstanding woodcut artists, never meet in real life.
Their work, however, reveals unexpected parallels, West-East affinities, and their culturally committed pacifist attitude to the world, which profoundly influences their artistic intentions and gives their aesthetics, underpinned by subtle humor, a specific character. With a time lag of almost ten years, both artists are on the move in a time of great political-cultural upheaval and defy the fierce adversity during the Second World War in search of artistic expression through woodcut and wood engraving, respectively.

In book illustration, the two are engaged in similar, extremely individual seriousness. While Zbinden symbolizes the local characteristics in the Bernese environment in a dense manner and quiet-subtle irony, Kawakami seeks a West-East connection, builds humorous bridges between Japanese tradition and international modernity in light, colorful and sometimes whimsical image compositions.

Events accompanying the exhibition
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 5 p.m.
Welcome: Heinz Häsler
Introduction: Susanne Bieri, art historian
Music: Guitar duo Christoph Borter / Nana Hiwatari

Guided tours
July 24 and August 14, both at 11 a.m.
and August 28 (finissage), 4 p.m., costs: additional 4.- to the entrance fee

Guided tours for groups of 10 to 20 persons
incl. admission, 12.- per person, duration one hour

Registration for all guided tours and events by mail [email protected]
or telephone 033 822 16 61.

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Opening hours
Wednesday to Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. | Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Closed Monday and Tuesday

All dates

June 2022
July 2022
August 2022

General information

Price info

Admission 8.- | Students and youth 5.-

Free for children under 16, friends of the Kunsthaus and with the Museum Pass or Raiffeisen Card

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