‘On the move’ is a selection of works from the Julius Baer Art Collection that either
depicts the theme of being on the move or expresses some form of movement.
Today’s society has an unprecedented level of geographical and spatial mobility: people commute to
work, pursue leisure activities, seek new horizons, and travel in far-off countries. Or they are
shifting the focal point of their lives to a different and better future. Acting as a seismograph of
society, fine art can reflect all of this mobility in a rich variety of ways.
The selection includes works such as ‘Strassenszene’ (1979) by David Weiss, the humorous, digitally
manipulated photographs from the ‘Handicapped Cars’ series (2018) by Beni Bischof, Roman Signer’s
sculpture ‘Kayak, orange/white’ (1987), the lithograph ‘Gas station’ (2014) by Shirana Shahbazi, and
the painting ‘Amphisland’ (2012) by Francisco Sierra.
As well as covering topics like forms of transport, travellers, transport infrastructure, and
leisure activities, ‘On the move’ also contains works of art depicting movement. These include
shimmering swathes of colour as in Giacomo Santiago Rogado’s ‘Horizon’ (2007), a turbulent sea in
the video of Marion Tampon-Lajarriette ‘Camera 1, Plan 8’ (2008) and a photographic triptych by
Balthasar Burkhard entitled ‘Flügel’ (1989).
There’s walking, there’s dancing, and there’s tumbling. San Keller is represented by his work
‘Until the last dance’ (2004–), a constantly evolving contractual work between the artist and third
parties who undertake in writing to dance whenever and wherever their chosen piece of music is
played. Three photographers await discovery in the series ‘Quiet afternoon’ (1985) by Fischli/Weiss,
in which the observer to some extent anticipates the movement: the collapse of the fragile balance
of the objects and utensils that have been arranged as a sculpture.