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"Chance Has Been Generous" – Max Frisch and Gottfried Honegger

Exhibition from 11 May to 29 September 2017

© Künstler und Galerie Römerapotheke


Max Frisch enjoyed a very close friendship that lasted decades with Zurich artist Gottfried Honegger (1917–2016), who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. They shared flats and the studio in Gockhausen, joy and sorrow. Honegger drew a series of portraits of the author. Frisch paid a literary tribute to the artist as Kabusch in "Tagebuch 1966–1971".

The exhibition at the Max Frisch Archive traces the highs and lows of this impressive friendship between two artists. It focuses on the question of chance: in life and in art. Letters and photographs from the personal papers, as well as graphic works and sculptures are on display. A separate section of the exhibition is dedicated to the random computer drawings that Gottfried Honegger generated in 1970 in collaboration with mathematicians from ETH Zurich.

Exhibition sections

Max Frisch Archive at ETH Library
Floor H, Reading Room Collections and Archives

ETH Zurich, Department of Mathematics
Floor G, display cases outside Room G1

Sculptures on the Zentrum and Hönggerberg campuses

Supporting programme

  • 10 May 2017, 18.00
    Opening with Thomas Strässle and Michael Gnehm
    Venue: Max Frisch Archive at ETH Library
  • 28 May 2017, 17.00
    Max Frisch: "Man in the Holocene" – theatrical reading in Honegger's former studio
    Venue: Studio houses on the edge of the woods, Ewa and Stefan Rotzler, Meisenrain 75-79, Gockhausen
    Admission: CHF 50 / info and registration via email to info@a2w.ch
  • 28 June 2017, 18.00
    Tour: "Gottfried Honegger and ETH Zurich: Volume 18, Computer Art and Max Frisch"
    Venue: ETH Zurich, Main Building, outside the north façade (Tannenstrasse)

Exhibition flyer (pdf, 2.4 MB, German)

In the footsteps of Gottfried Honegger

Art walk through the city of Zurich (pdf, 4.4 MB, German)


Frischs Fiche und andere Geschichten aus dem Kalten Krieg Exhibition in the Strauhof

10 June to 20 August 2017
Opening on 9 June 2017, 18.30
Venue: Strauhof, Augustinergasse 9, 8001 Zurich
Further information in German