In the biggest ever landslide in the Alps nearly 10,000 years ago, more than nine cubic kilometers of rock slid down the mountainside in canton Graubünden. A new exhibition entitled Rockslide as Preparation, Conserved Motion at the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (Graubünden Art Museum), shows artists' attempts to depict the event.
The exhibition is linked to a project of the same name at the Bern University of the Arts backed by the Swiss National Science Fund. The word “preparation” is used in the sense of an object prepared and conserved for museum display. A research team and 16 artists tackle the problem of enabling viewers to see and experience the rockslide.
Debris from the slide buried the area between Ilanz and Domat/Ems, a distance of about 20 kilometres. The Rhine now flows through it, carving out the spectacular Rhine gorge.
(Photos: Bündner Kunstmuseum)