Zurich

“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Zurich’s Migros Museum made an ideal setting for an exhibition examining the emotions engendered by different kinds of spaces, as each of its galleries has its own, very particular atmosphere. In the first, airy, daylit room, for example, we were able to see in one glance environments as varied as Anish Kapoor’s hypnotic oversize white ear trumpet; Urs Fischer’s series of glass-andwood boxes, suspended in a state of semi-completion; and James Casebere’s photograph of hospital beds stacked chaotically in a cell-like space, the mundanity of the subject intensified by the diffuse gray light that permeates the work.

One of the strengths of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: Spatial Emotion in Contemporary Art and Architecture,” curated by Heike Munder and Adam Budak, was its avoidance of the tangible. Just as it is impossible to fix the emotional significance of different environments, so

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