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The Other Kabul: Remains of the Garden

03. September – 04. December 2022

Kabul was once known as the city of blooming gardens. And, as Ekkehart Krippendorff wrote, what once was can be again. When the Kunstmuseum Thun began planning this exhibition in 2019 with guest curator Susann Wintsch, a democratic Afghanistan seemed to be within reach. Now, though, that prospect is more remote than ever.

Fortunately, the five artists participating in the exhibition were able to escape from Kabul. They have been entrusted with new commissioned works, which they will realise in exile. “The Other Kabul” will take viewers by surprise – because even in the deepest crisis, the artistic avant-garde from Afghanistan has not given up hope. The exhibition will also feature further artists from Switzerland and abroad. This is a guest exhibition mounted by the non-profit association Treibsand and curated by Susann Wintsch.