PURE WATER The Most Valuable Resource in the World
Water, a resource that is a precondition for life like no other, is increasingly coming under pressure for ecological as well as economic reasons. Water keeps us alive, water is in need of protection as a public good. Pure water is also an emotional resource and a prime ingredient for wellbeing and happiness.
The 1960s saw the beginning of two developments that continue to make water a fascinating subject for art to this day. On one hand, socially relevant themes such as ecology moved to the fore in artistic projects and, on the other, the fluid, changeable, elusive aspects of water lend themselves to an enlarged sculptural practice. Artists use water in its different states of aggregation as a material. Water is synonymous with a high quality of life. It is indispensable for cleaning, bathing, swimming and central to religious and spiritual rites. The struggle against pollution and against exploiting water as simply another economic resource is essential.
Artists accompany this struggle, comment on it and take part in it. This is an exhibition that features the economic, social, emotional and aesthetic aspects of an indispensable element.