Events Monte Verità

Monte Verità offers its regional audience, and tourists, two seasonal cultural calendars (spring and autumn) which aim to explore:

This programme is underpinned by partnerships with organisations and institutions which have benefitted from the positive energy of Monte Verità's "genius loci" in different ways and in different periods, and continue to do so: Ascona itself, with its Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; the Eranos Foundation; the Teatro San Materno; the Museo Epper; the Ascona Public Library; the Brissago Islands; the Sanctuarium Artis Elisarion in Minusio; as well as the Palazzo "La Barca" in Valle Onsernone, the Museum Rietberg in Zurich; the Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, and many more with which the Foundation is developing projects of cultural significance.

19 October 2019
10.00 - 17.30

Mundaneum: East an West in the Global World

"Mundaneum"- from the name chosen by Le Corbusier and Otlet for a world cultural centre located in Geneva - is the title of a series of events dedicated to the transformations of the global world and the challenges that affect it; a meeting place for different disciplines, a public laboratory of ideas to know and understand the present. The seminar day on “The Gordian Knot. East and West in the Global World”, this year at its second edition, starts from the awareness of how the relation between East and West—perhaps the deepest structure in the history of the world—has always been marked by conflicts between irreconcilable political and religious orders, but also by economic exchanges and cultural hybridizations, which have been so decisive as to generate an authentic “knot” between the opposites. More essentially, the East has always provided the West with a specular paradigm with respect to which to formulate—by difference or antithesis, by analogy or mimesis—its own identity. In two writings from the 1950s collected in a book entitled, The Gordian Knot, Ernst Jünger and Carl Schmitt initiated a profound debate on the subject. In their eyes, the Cold War represented the last figure in the epic struggle between Asia and Europe, and therefore offered a unique opportunity to measure the destinies of the earth. Our world, the global world, begins, however, with the end of that historical order and with a general reformulation of the “knot” and its implications. Today it is increasingly difficult to define what the West is, and Europe’s position in the world has become highly problematic, while the East is going through, in political and economic terms, a phase of unprecedented historical metamorphosis. After September 11, the structure of the Eastern-Western plexus has become more complex than ever, and certainly no less conflictual than in the past. Philosophical, political, sociological, and psychological thoughts are therefore called upon to measure themselves against this structural change, starting with some fundamental questions: What is the “West” today? Is the “East” still productive of identity for Europe? Where do the boundaries between the two worlds pass? What hegemonic designs are confronted on the international level? The original “knot” has become, in the present age, a “knot of knots”, each of which represents a global challenge to be understood.



09:45-10:00: Registration

10:00-10:15: Fabio Merlini (Eranos Foundation, Ascona): Introduction

10:15-10:30: Matteo Vegetti (Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio): “Il nodo di Gordio. Oriente e Occidente nel mondo globale”

10:30-12:00: Lucio Caracciolo (LUISS "Guido Carli", Rome): “Perché l’Europa non esiste. Usi e abusi di un mito geopolitico”

12:00-12:30: Discussion

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Whenzi Zhang (Center for Zhouyi & Ancient Chinese Philosophy, Shandong University, China): "La filosofia dell’I Ching (Il libro dei mutamenti) — Un possibile approccio per sciogliere il nodo tra Cina e Occidente”

15:30-17:00: Heyong Shen (Institute of Analytical Psychology, City University of Macau / School of Psychology, South China Normal University): “Occidente e Oriente. Il nodo, il cuore, il significato: la prospettiva della psicologia del cuore”

17:00-17:30 Discussion

17:30-18:00: Appetizer


Organized by Eranos Foundation

25 October 2019

The Bauhaus Group

Il critico d’arte statunitense Nicholas Fox Weber, direttore della Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, presenta “ The Bauhaus Group”, libro in cui racconta le vicende artistiche dei grandi Maestri del Bauhaus: Anni e Josef Albers, Paul Klee, Vasilij Kandinskij, Walter Gropius e Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. La storia del pensiero degli artisti si intreccia con il racconto della loro vita personale. L’autore non è solo uno dei maggiori studiosi del movimento, ma è stato amico e confidente di Anni e Josef Albers e ha raccolto dalla voce degli ultimi Bauhausler le riflessioni, gli aneddoti e le memorie di un’epoca eccezionale. Fox Weber dialogherà con Carole Haensler, Direttrice Bellinzona Musei e co-curatrice della mostra Josef Albers. Anatomia di Omaggio al Quadrato, in programma dal 28 settembre 2019 al 2 febbraio 2020.
Lingua italiana, partecipazione gratuita

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