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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The Ship of Tolerance

Through The Ship of Tolerance Ilya and Emilia Kabakov want to educate and connect people from different backgrounds through art

In 2016, the Kunsthaus Zug art museum invited the public to set an example of tolerance and respect through joint action with artists. The project has already been implemented in Siwa, Venice, Moscow, Sharjah, St. Moritz, Havana, Miami, New York, and Rome since 2005.
Around 1800 children, young people, and adults have painted their messages on the subject of tolerance on fabric at art education workshops. About 120 of them make up the sail of the ship. The wooden ship was built by technicians, apprentices at the Zug commercial and industrial training centre (GIBZ), and helpers at GGZ@Work. It was presented on Lake Zug for one month and then at the Zug trade fair. Thanks to the Korporation Zug, the ship will be able to remain in Brüggli on the lakeside promenade until 2021. The interior of the ship is accessible in summer in dry weather. On special occasions the sail is hoisted.

Projekt-Video The Ship of Tolerance 


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  • Location: Brüggli Zug (lake shore)
  • Opening hours interior: During the bathing season in dry weather condition
  • Further information: Further details on the project and planned events can be obtained from the Kunsthaus Zug.