BLICK: Artists work with the Ringier image archive at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland


AARAU.- In 2009, the Swiss Media Company Ringier committed its archive of roughly seven million images to the Canton of Aargau. For the exhibition Blick, the Aargauer Kunsthaus invited artists to sound out the depths of this image reservoir and, each in their own way, use it to develop works. With the Ringier image archive a huge treasure trove of photographic documents from the 1940s to the early 21st century found its way to Aarau. Roughly seventy eventful years of many-faceted change and upheaval are captured in these photographs. The media images illustrate, in other words, contemporary political, social and cultural history. Some of the images were published in Ringier print media such as Schweizer Woche, Sie+Er, Glückspost, Schweizer Illustrierte, l’Hébdo and Blick. The bulk of the photographs, however, remained hidden from public view until now. The exhibition Blick shows that these images, beyond being v