Concept

Since almost ten years the E.A.T. / Engadin Art Talks takes place at the Halle am Plazzet in Zuoz every year at the end of January. Each year, a new topic determines the framework for the talks.

Our mission is to bridge and integrate art, architecture and landscape with a holistic visitor’s experience.

The curatorial team that defines the respective topic consists of Daniel Baumann, Director Kunsthalle Zürich, Bice Curiger, artistic Director Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director Serpentine Gallery London, Philip Ursprung, Professor of Art and Architectural History ETH Zürich.

Thus, over the past eight years, more than 140 international artists, architects, designers and writers have come to us as guests and presented their projects, ideas and visions on the defined theme.

E.A.T. / Engadin Art Talks were founded by Cristina Bechtler together with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The correspondence between the members of the Crystal Chain, a group comprising twelve architects and artist established in winter 1919 by Bruno Taut, provides a theoretical basis for the E.A.T. / Engadin Art Talks — as well as the theme of the first event in 2010. After the First World War, the members of the group wanted to develop new ideas and utopias, and thus establish the foundations for an architecture of the future. The medium they used to communicate was a chain letter in which ideas, drafts and drawings were circulated and discussed under pseudonyms. Their aim was to foster belief and community symbolically through (imaginary) ceremonial buildings.