Art in the time of the pandemic. The retrospective dedicated to Edward Hopper, underway in Basel, Switzerland, is a good example of how artistic fruition changes due to the measures of prevention of infection.
To admire the canvases of the artist born in the United States in 1882 and father of American realism, only 300 people will be admitted per day, “Being able to see the works of Edward Hopper is always interesting. But here there is a coincidence, between these spaces empty, these characters enclosed in his paintings and reality. In fact there is some similarity, “says one visitor to the exhibition.
A casual similarity but the same symbolic. The use of light and color alludes to complex moods which to some extent anticipate the bewilderment that individuals are forced to experience in this historical phase. Ulf Küster, curator of the exhibition: “The woman looks out the window, sees something fascinating, an unknown danger. But perhaps she is not looking out, perhaps she is only looking at a wall or a mirror, therefore she is looking at herself. In this isolation , in this house, she is trapped in herself and starts to reflect on herself “.
The exhibition, at the Beleyer Foundation Museum in Basel, was extended until the end of July