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Walid Raad: Cotton Under My Feet: The Zurich Chapter

Walid Raad, Two Drops per Heartbeat (walkthrough), 2022, Photo: Moritz Bernoully, © Walid Raad

Whose story does a museum or a collection tell? How can gaps or previously overlooked narratives be highlighted and mediated in new ways? Such questions, which are of central importance to museums today, are especially relevant to the Kunsthaus Zürich, as the debate surrounding the Emil Bührle Collection has shown. Walid Raad (b. 1967 Chbanieh, Lebanon) does not address this history directly, but it forms part of his reflections on (private) collections. The Lebanese-American artist takes us on a walkthrough tour of various collection rooms at the Kunsthaus, in which he sets his own works up in opposition to the objects from the collection. A central element of the exhibition is a performance by Walid Raad which is being created in cooperation with the summer festival Zürcher Theater Spektakel ( and will take place at regular intervals.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, TBA 21 and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid.