"Chance Has Been Generous" – Max Frisch and Gottfried Honegger


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Max Frisch enjoyed a very close friendship that lasted decades with Zurich artist Gottfried Honegger (1917–2016), who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. They shared flats and the studio in Gockhausen, joy and sorrow. Honegger drew a series of portraits of the author. Frisch paid a literary tribute to the artist as Kabusch in "Tagebuch 1966–1971".

The exhibition at the Max Frisch Archive traces the highs and lows of this impressive friendship between two artists. It focuses on the question of chance: in life and in art. Letters and photographs from the personal papers, as well as graphic works and sculptures are on display. A separate section of the exhibition is dedicated to the random computer drawings that Gottfried Honegger generated in 1970 in collaboration with mathematicians from ETH Zurich.

Exhibition sections 

Max Frisch Archive at ETH Library (external link)
Floor H, Reading Room Collections and Archives

ETH Zurich, Department of Mathematics (external link)
Floor G, display cases outside Room G1

Sculptures on the Zentrum and Hönggerberg (external link) 

Supporting programme

10 May 2017, 18.00

Opening with Thomas Strässle and Michael Gnehm
Venue: Max Frisch Archive at ETH Library

28 May 2017, 17.00

Max Frisch: "Man in the Holocene" – theatrical reading in Honegger's former studio
Venue: Studio houses on the edge of the woods (external link), Ewa and Stefan Rotzler, Meisenrain 75–79, Gockhausen
Admission: CHF 50 / info and registration via email to info@a2w.ch

28 June 2017, 18.00

Tour: "Gottfried Honegger and ETH Zurich: Volume 18, Computer Art and Max Frisch"
Venue: ETH Zurich, Main Building (external link), outside the north façade (Tannenstrasse)


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