Catalogue for Emma Kunz Visionary Drawings

Emma Kunz Visionary Drawings at the Serpentine Galleries

Everything happens in accordance with a specific system of law which I feel within me, and which never allows me to rest.

Emma Kunz Visionary Drawings is the first solo exhibition in the UK of Swiss healer, researcher and artist Emma Kunz (1892–1963) held at the Serpentine Galleries, London (23 March – 19 May, 2019). The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with artist Christodoulos Panayiotou and will tour to Muzeum Susch, Switzerland (26 July – 10 November 2019).

Emma Kunz (1892–1963) was a Swiss healer, researcher and artist. She did not receive a formal arts education, yet in her lifetime she self-published three books and produced hundreds of geometric drawings which were first shown posthumously in 1973 at Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau and later in Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1976. 

Kunz discovered her gifts of extra-sensory perception at an early age and dedicated her life to researching the restorative energies of plants and minerals. From 1938, with the aid of her diving pendulum, she began making large-scale, abstract and geometric drawings. These were made primarily to support her divination and healing practice, yet Kunz predicted that her legacy of over 400 drawings would be seen and appreciated by future generations.

An accompanying catalogue has been published by Koenig Books. It illustrates over 65 works and was designed by Roland Brauchli. Texts are by Dawn Ades, Bice Curiger, Desmond Morris, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tabita Rezaire and Ali Smith. ISBN 978-3-96098-562-4

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