July 20, 2020 - Aargauer Kunsthaus - Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole
July 20, 2020

Aargauer Kunsthaus

Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole, Vostok, 2019. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich.

Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire (still), 2019. Video. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich.

Julian Charrière, The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories I, 2013. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich.


Installation view, Julian Charrière, Thickens, pools, flows, rushes, slows, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2020. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich. Photo: Achim Kukulies.

Julian Charrière, The Purchase of the South Pole, 2017. Installation view, Towards No Earthly Pole, MASI Lugano, Switzerland, 2019. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich. Photo: Jens Ziehe.

Julian Charrière
Towards No Earthly Pole
September 6, 2020–January 3, 2021

Open house: September 5, 1–6pm, view the exhibition with the artist

Aargauer Kunsthaus
5001 Aarau, Aargau
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm,
Thursday 10am–8pm

T +41 62 835 23 30


With Towards No Earthly Pole the Aargauer Kunsthaus is presenting the work of the Swiss artist Julian Charrière (b. 1987). The subject of travel as well as the actual expedition assume a central importance in his artistic practice. Time and again, he seeks out regions that have global significance for our past, present and future. For his latest, monumental film work Towards No Earthly Pole he journeyed to the most inhospitable parts of the planet: the Antarctic, Greenland and Iceland, but also extraordinary domestic topographies such as the alpine glaciers.

The projection that lends its title to the solo exhibition allows the viewers to immerse themselves in fascinating ice landscapes, and transports them into a remote and deserted spot. It shows regions that we think we know thanks to collectively constructed images, but which very few of us have visited in person. The depiction of these places in Charrière’s feature-length film work astonishes with its deliberately subjective, poetic reproduction of these unusual territories.

Other works in the exhibition—photographs, sculptures, videos and installations—are steeped in the artist’s curiosity about understanding the environment: photographs of idyllic palm beaches treated with radioactive material, floating globes stripped of their surface information, or pictures showing Charrière himself melting a glacier. For visitors, the tour of the exhibition becomes a journey through the cosmos of Charrière, who is both artist and researcher, and offers an engagement with the inseparable connection between humanity and nature.

In cooperation with MASI Lugano

To coincide with the exhibition, in October a comprehensive publication (German/English) will be released on the subject of Julian Charrière’s latest film Towards No Earthly Pole. With essays by: Francesca Benini, Amanda Boetzkes, Katherine Brodbeck, Dehlia Hannah, Scott MacKenzie & Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Shane McCorristine, Nadim Samman and Katrin Weilenmann, as well as a conversation between the artist and the climate expert Konrad Steffen.
Aargauer Kunsthaus, MASI Lugano, Dallas Museum of Art, and Mousse Publishing, ISBN 978-88-6749-434-7

Artist edition
Julian Charrière is creating a limited edition for the exhibition.

Guest Curator: Katrin Weilenmann
Assistant Curator: Bettina Mühlebach



Book launch and sound performance
Saturday, October 24
Book presentation in the presence of the artist and live sound performance by the musician and composer Robert Lippok
With thanks to: Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz; Sies+Höke, Düsseldorf

Tour with Konrad Steffen
Thursday, November 5, 6:30pm
Climate researcher Konrad Steffen explores polar and alpine regions
In conversation with Katrin Weilenmann, Guest Curator

Tour with Anja Blacha
Sunday, December 6, 1pm
Extreme athlete Anja Blacha recently completed a solo expedition to the South Pole
In conversation with Bettina Mühlebach, Assistant Curator

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