from 9 November 2022 to 12 March 2023
How do we keep our bearings in a world that’s changing at a dizzying speed? Where will we find new points of reference? What, ultimately, does our balance depend on?
As part of its Year of Mental Health (2022–2023), the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has given carte blanche to three contemporary Swiss artists: Denise Bertschi, Nicolas Cilins and Nina Haab. Their unique productions, together with a sculpture by Olafur Eliasson, explore our physical and mental limits and make us mindful of our inner balance.
A FRAGILE BALANCE is an invitation to become fully present in the moment through a process of discovering, feeling, doing and letting go.
This new exhibition, which is the centrepiece of the Museum’s Year of Mental Health (2022–2023), features large-scale installations by three contemporary Swiss artists – Denise Bertschi (Aargau), Nicolas Cilins (Geneva) and Nina Haab (Ticino) – along with Geometric lines for horizons, a sculpture by Olafur Eliasson. Together, these pieces create a subtle, welcoming space for reflection.
Placing care front and centre
A FRAGILE BALANCE underscores the role of art as a powerful vehicle for caring for oneself and for others. The exhibits are not there to be contemplated. Rather, they offer an immersive experience that invites us to let go and feel fully present in the moment – to pause and reflect on our own limits and vulnerabilities, in all their diversity and complexity, and to take a moment to practise self-care.
For Elisa Rusca, the Museum’s chief curator and organizer of the exhibition, A FRAGILE BALANCE is akin to a balance pole: “The idea behind the exhibition is to highlight the tipping points between the near and the far, the individual and the collective, the private and the public, the bodily and the symbolic. It invites us to embrace the fragility of our balance.”
Despite the apparent diversity of their approaches, all three artists take collective memory as their starting point, exploring how we acknowledge and push beyond our limits through body movement (Cilins), neutrality (Bertschi) and the interplay between nature and culture (Haab).