«The Cats»



Blaise Cendrars with cat, 1960. (KEYSTONE)

In the opening scene of THE LONG GOODBYE Elliott Gould stops at a supermarket on his way home and unsuccessfully tries to buy his cat’s preferred food. Back home he then attempts to outwit his cat and therefore fills the wrong food in an old tin of the right food, but, alas, the cat realizes and refuses it. So Gould is forced to head out again… And without her cat, Audrey Hepburn would probably still be sleeping in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.  

The newest event of the series SCHWARZER MONTAG is titled «Die Katzen» («The Cats») and we are pleased to invite you to the Westflügel on Viaduktstrasse 21 in 8005 Zurich on Monday, June 13, 2016. From 6 p.m. Birgit Schmid will be presenting her new book about cats and Jann Jenatsch his favourite cat pictures.

They are named Mitsou, Choupette, Jellylorum, Nigger Man and Mouche and they have been in bed with Marylin Monroe, Karl Lagerfeld, T.S. Elliott, H.P. Lovecraft and Victor Hugo: the cat’s names say everything about their famous owners. Now the «Schwarzer Montag» is on the track of household names and their feline companions with «The Cats» - the creatures who succeed to subdue even the most famous of people. Or their names are Fritz and Rosie and Birgit Schmid asks herself if her cats love her in her new book: Lieben mich meine Katzen?

In addition to Birgit Schmid’s book, the newspaper «Die Katzen» will also appear for the event «Schwarzer Montag» and can be picked up at the Westflügel or ordered here - free of charge (from June 13, 2016).

72 fine cat pictures can be seen until the end of August at the Westflügel. Meow !


«Schwarzer Montag» at the Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich
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«The Train» by Kazuma Obara



Photo by Kazuma Obara | KEYSTONE


In the 1970s the Russians built the city of Pripyat in order to construct the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. After the nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, they built the city of Slavutych on the edge of the 30 km exclusion zone. The clean-up operations around the damaged reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were promoted from here, while the other three reactors were still running. Only in the year 2000 the last reactor block was shut down completely. Everyday people still travel to work to the exclusion zone of Semikhody, as the train station at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is called.     

Kazuma Obara has travelled along with them and taken the train from Slavutych, alltogether four times – from autumn to winter, at every season. In his work he portrays the people on the trains and reveals what they see when they look out the window: a depopulated exclusion zone, which will remain the same for generations to come.

Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara studied photo journalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication in 2015, whereby he travelled to Chernobyl time and again. The work he created there, «Exposure», received an award from the World Press Photo contest 2016 (first prize stories in the category people). «Schwarzer Montag» presents the project «The Train» as first appearance of a complete different approach to his experience in Chernobyl.

On Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6 pm, Kazuma Obara will present his project «The Train» (Der Zug) at the «Schwarzer Montag». We are pleased to invite you to attend this event at the Westflügel.

To the presentation at the «Schwarzer Montag» a small newspaper «Der Zug» (The Train) will be published (in German language only). The newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered for free here (within Switzerland).

The presentation will be shown until Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Westflügel. 

«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich
www.schwarzermontag.ch  |  schwarzermontag@keystone.ch



«The Sheet»



Photo by Pascal Mora | KEYSTONE

FIFA officials were escorted out behind sheets at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, May 26, 2015. Pascal Mora for The New York Times – Some days after this image was taken we were standing in front of the Westflügel during a «Schwarzer Montag» and discussed it. The photographer Pascal Mora was in the right place at the right time – yet, still, there was this sheet, which obscured his (and our) view. The world didn’t seem to mind and we were fascinated too. The sheet allowed the story behind it to become even more memorable. We wanted to see more – and that is how this «Schwarzer Montag» («Black Monday») came into being.

Thus, the event series «Schwarzer Montag» continues. After a break, during which we have thought about the form of this photography platform, we are back with the intention to not only exhibit selections of monthly changing contemporary photography and images which should not sink into oblivion, but to also place the images in a photographic context. We want to talk about what aspects of the exhibited images we find intriguing and in what perceptual contexts they are to be understood.

Pascal Mora’s picture, which was commissioned by the NYT, enables us to shift the focus away from the FIFA to the sheet, which is stretched out outside the Baur au Lac, to make «The Sheet» the subject of discussion; thus, images which reveal information but at the same time withhold something.

This is why we focus on «The Sheet» at the next «Schwarzer Montag». In March it will be «The Camera Trap» and in April «The Train». Every time we will take a story as a starting point and try to deepen the subject at the «Schwarzer Montag».

On Monday, 1st of February 2016, Jann Jenatsch discussed with photographers Pascal Mora and Franco Pagetti at the opening of the exhibition of «The Sheet» at the «Schwarzer Montag». The images will be shown until Saturday, Masrch 5, 2016, at the Westflügel. 

The newspaper «Das Tuch | Februar 2016» («The Sheet») was published on occasion of the «Schwarzer Montag». This issue can be acquired at the Westflügel or ordered  here - free of charge.


«Schwarzer Montag» at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich
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«The Cats» | June 13 - August 27, 2016

«The Decay» | Sept. 5 - Oct. 1, 2016


«The Camera Trap» | in planning

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