Emma Kunz

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Emma Kunz (1892–1963) was a Swiss healer and artist. She published three books and produced many drawings.

Kunz was born to a family of weavers in 1892 in Switzerland.[1] She was not a trained artist; she is characterized as an outsider artist.[2] Her first exhibition, The Case of Emma Kunz, was posthumous. Inspired by spiritual evolution,[1] she divined with a pendulum and created her drawings by radiesthesia.

Said one scholar, in comparing her to other women artists, "Hilma af Klint, Agnes Martin, and Emma Kunz approached geometric abstraction not as formalism, but as a means of structuring philosophical, scientific, and spiritual ideas. Using line, geometry, and the grid, each of these artists created diagrammatic drawings of their exploration of complex belief systems and restorative practices."[3]


  • The Case of Emma Kunz 1973
  • 3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin, Santa Monica Museum of Art (2005). ISBN 9780300108262.
  • 55th Venice Biennale, 'The Encyclopedic Palace' Central Pavilion curated by Massimiliano Gioni


  • The Miracle of Creative Revelation
  • New Method of Drawing


  1. ^ a b Ollman, Leah (July 2, 2005). "Los Angeles Times: 'Abstraction' invites look within".
  2. ^ Thorne, Sam (September 2013). "The Encyclopedic Palace". frieze (157). Archived from the original on 2014-10-23.
  3. ^ de Zegher, Catherine (2005). 3 x Abstraction. Yale University Press. p. 29. ISBN 0300108265.

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