At the interface between art and science, using photography, word and map images, Daniel Schwartz (*1955) deals with the Last Glacial Maximum, evoking the scenario of the Green Alps. The Valais Ice Stream left its mark on the Solothurn region 20,000 years ago. This is where Schwartz began his journey from the southern foot of the Jura to glaciers on four continents and to the book While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey (2017). In 2022, the Kunstmuseum was able to present its donation of the 49-part series Ice Age Our Age / Eiszeit Jetztzeit. Ballads and Enquiries Concerning the Last Glacial Maximum (2012), a selection of which will be presented. The exhibited works address the function of glaciers as a repository of personal memory, as an archaeological site and as an archive of climate history that continues to dwindle. They place geological and glacial time in relation to individually experienced human time and raise questions about our future in the environment of the Anthropocene.
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