I have visited Landesmuseum in Zurich to see the exhibition on Battle of Marignano from 1515. Its poster is pretty intriguiging as the exhibition itself, where I learnt about significance of this event. Not only that it was a battle for the power of Milan, but also an important stone od Swiss neutrality.
The battle itself was for this time massive. It lasted two days and almost 20.000 died. What struck me was how the field looks today:
Vogt, C. and Jehle, W., “Schlachtfelder”, 1990
… one would imagine, a peaceful city neigborhood.
Last week I was in Sarajevo and visited an exhibition opening in gallery Duplex 100m2. The exhibition was great, but I caught this corner in a side room, a painting and poster showing Radenko Milak‘s work, and another wall object. It says: “The war is over! Let’s go to Venice.” Somewhat blurry images, which made my thoughts sharp.
Well, is it? And if yes, what war? As Venice Biennale is indeed celebrating world’s differences and joint life ahead (its slogan being “All the world’s future”), I can’t help thinking about all wars that are currently taking place, world’s past and the future that seems more complicated and blurry as never.