"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed" was the comment of the commander Armstrong at the moment when the spacecraft Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the Moon.
The 50th-anniversary just passed by since on 20 July 1969, the Eagle module from Apollo 11 landed at Tranquility Base. Eve Leibe gallery handpicked three modern and contemporary artworks dedicated to the Moon. The works explore how each artist taps into the Lunar theme: Tarsila do Amaral, Jordan Wolfson, Henry Moore and Katie Paterson
Tarsila do Amaral
A Lua (The Moon) 1928
In this fantasy scene, a lone cactus in the foreground begins to take on the characteristics of a human figure. The wavy curves of a rippling stream, a quarter moon, and an undulating horizon resonate, infusing Amaral’s world with dreamlike qualities. (Moma, New York)
100 Years of the Moon 2007
The telescope accompanied by a shelf of binders is titled 100 Years of the Moon, 2007. The telescope is equipped with controls that allow you to input two separate coordinates —"Right ascension (R.A.)" and "Declination (Dec.)"— to find a position in the night sky. The binders contain the coordinates for finding the moon from the location of the gallery (König Gallery Belrin) at every hour for one hundred years beginning from the opening date of this exhibition
Moon Head 1964
Moon Head 1964 is a bronze sculpture comprised of two thin, irregularly shaped, disc-like forms that each stem from an elliptical tubular neck mounted on a bronze base. The two sections of the sculpture are similarly sized and positioned in parallel with each other a few centimetres apart, although they are not aligned directly so that a part of one can always be seen behind the other.
(The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green)
A fragment of the Moon was sent to orbit the Earth via airfreight courier. During its year-long journey, at a rate of approximately twice the speed of our Moon, it travelled the Earth 30 times in an anticlockwise direction. The lunar meteorite was tracked and visualised in relation to the user’s location, the Moon’s location and the orbits of the other planets in our solar system.