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Bridge Between Here and Now

Andrea Thüler

Bridge Between Here and Now

1995

paper

21 x 30 cm

status:

Returned

Part of the Ars Ad Astra exhibition aboard the MIR Space Station as part of the Euromir 95 mission.

OURS Foundation
ESA

In 1995 a space art project was organized by the Swiss based OURS Foundation, in cooperation with the European Space Agency for the first art exhibition to take place beyond Earth. After holding an international competition, twenty original art works were selected by a jury of art and space experts for an exhibition on the Mir space station during the EUROMIR 95 mission.


In addition, one artwork from each artist participating in the project was digitized and installed on a portable computer that accompanied German cosmonaut Thomas Reiter on his record breaking mission.


The theme of the exhibition was "Space and Humanity". The artists were challenged to make "space qualified" artworks that were lightweight and used no toxic materials. Each artwork was carried out on paper that measured 21 x 30 cm.


On space station Mir, the cosmonaut crew consisting of Thomas Reiter and his two Russian colleagues Sergeij Avdeev and Yuri Gidzenko picked the artwork they liked best from the twenty orginals. This artwork, a watercolor by the American artist Elisabeth Carol Smith called "When Dreams are Born" was kept on the Mir station.


The remaining 19 artworks were returned to Earth on February 29, 1996. The winning artist received a special Omega Speedmaster Chronograph which was once flown on the Mir station donated by Omega SA. All twenty artists also received a set of "space qualified" acrylic artists paints donated by the Swiss art supplies manufacturer LASCAUX.

Technical information

artist

Andrea Thüler

title

Bridge Between Here and Now

date

1995

this work is part of the following collection

Ars Ad Astra

medium

paper

dimensions

21 x 30 cm

genre

Painting

IAAA art style

cosmic expressionism

Launch

launch date

3 Sept 1995

launch  vehicle

Soyuz TM-22

Orbit

host 

MIR Space Station

location

LEO, MIR Space Station

launch location

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Return

return date

29 February 1996

return vehicle

Soyuz TM-22

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

1995-047A

partners

OURS Foundation
ESA

Artist

Andrea Thüler

Artist

Switzerland

Collection

Ars Ad Astra

1995

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