Here is our selection of the most incoming Art exhibitions in Switzerland for 2014. It will be another great year for Art in Switzerland. 2013 is not yet over and we are looking forward visiting the incoming ones.
2 main exhibitions to note at the Art Museum of Zürich, one dedicated to Expressionism, as you never saw before, and the second one about Alberto Giacometti, under a different facet.
From Matisse to “Der Blaue Reiter” Expressionism in Germany and France
From 7th of February to 11th of May 2014
Expressionism is an interesting art trend. Most of people think that it is a independent German movement. In fact, it was more a global reaction to an interesting period of history in which artists would travel, meet and exchange their point of view. So this begining of 20th century attended to a ping pong game between neo-impressionism in France and the German response with Expressionism. While the Fauves were striking the colours in Paris, well, the German Expressionists would strike them even harder. This exhibition is an international cooperation between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Musée des Beaux Arts of Montreal and the Kunsthaus Zürich.
For more information: http://www.kunsthaus.ch
Alberto Giacometti Drawings and Watercolours
From 28th of February to 25th of May 2014
Discover a facet of Alberto Giacometti that you never saw before. It is an interesting collection of work and studies based on the artist career (1901 to 1966). So you can follow his artistic journey from Stampa to Paris. The exhibition will also show a more intimate aspect of Giacometti work. You will be able to see a large selection of images of family members and various self-portraits. Of course several important works on Landscapes from the Stampa surroundings will be present. Last but not least, there will be also a selection of figure studies from the 50’s and the 60’s.
For more information: http://www.kunsthaus.ch
2014 Kunst Museum Bern
Bern is a big institution in Switzerland. Not only because it is the capital and the main administrative center, but because the Art museum has very interesting collections and exhibitions. They are strongly focused on modern and conptemporary art with an interesting angle. Here is one of the most expected exhibitions, starting already end of this month.
Germaine Richier. Retrospective
29th November 2013 to 6th April 2014
You cannot talk about the beginning of modern sculpture without talking about Germaine Richier. She was a french sculptor born in 1902. She is completely in the line of figurative sculpture. Her personal approach though was to combine human personification with animal look-alike. It is the first time a big institution does a complete retrospective on her work. End of 20’s, beginning of the 30’s she became acquainted with Alberto Giacometti. The 2 artists never really met but we can see some of Giacometti’s influence.
To see more information: http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch
2014 Zentrum Paul Klee
Journey to Tunisia. Klee, Macke and Moilliet
From 14th of March to 22nd June 2014
Next year marks the hundred year’s anniversary of the amazing trip made by 3 friends to Tunisia: Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet. This amazing trip took place in April 1914 and the different artistic works that came from this trip has now a first retrospective in the last 30 years. It is an outstanding exhibition, showing different perspectives from the works of the 3 artist friends. To give you a vision of how artistically productive they were in only 2 weeks :
Paul Klee created 35 aquarelles and 13 drawings. August Macke created 33 aquarelles and around 79 drawings. Louis Moilliet did not produce as much un Tunisia but was very creative in later visits in Spain and Morocco. The Bern Zentrum Paul Klee always find new facets of the Swiss artist and it is always a great adventure.
For more information: http://www.zpk.org
2014 Fondation de l’Hermitage Lausanne
Le goût de Diderot. Greuze, Chardin, Falconet, David…
From 7th February to 1st of June 2014
This exhibition celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Denis Diderot, famous french philosopher. During this event at la Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne, you will be able to see an exclusive selection of different artwork that Diderot had the chance to see and to review during an ephemeral exhibition at Académie Royale in Paris. Several reviews from the Philosopher took place between 1759 and 1781. The exhibition shows the interest of Diderot for Art. There is also another facet, which is the impact of Denis Diderot’s writing in the art world of his time.
For more information, visit the museum website: http://www.fondation-hermitage.ch
2014 Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne
Philippe Halsman, Astonish Me !
From 29th of January until 11th of May 2014
Philippe Halsman is probably one of the most well known photographers for celebrities portraits in the first half of the 20th century. L’Elysée delivers a full retrospective of the photographer’s work from 1906 to 1979. He is known for the 101 covers he did with Life magazine. The exhibition will bring a precise focus on more than 300 pieces from his complet start in Paris in the 30’s, up to his studio in New york from 40’s to 70’s. The interest of Philippe Halsman is on the fact that he continuously explored the art of portrait by pro positing something more exotic than just standing still. The “Jumpology” is one of them. As you can see in the image above, it is a modern way to explore one of the most ancient technique in photography: the portrait.
For more information, check here: http://www.elysee.ch
2014 Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Geneva
The Art and history museum of Geneva is a very prestigious institution, gathering multidisciplinary collections. This includes paintings, sculptures, prints and historical objects. They are related to the fields of archaeology, applied arts and fine arts. It cover the major stages in the history of Western art from prehistory to the contemporary times. 2 main exhibitions to be highlighted in 2014: Rodin and Gustave Courbet.
Rodin, l’accident et l’aléatoire
From 20th June to 28th September 2014
Rodin is considered as the father of modern sculpture. He inspired entire generations of sculptors and artists since the 19th century. One of the sculptor’s nightmare is the possible accident of making a mistake while working the raw material for your sculpture. Well, Rodin tended to believe that the accident or what he would call aleatory event, is part of the creative process. Moreover, the “sculptor accident” would even be the source of unexpected creativity. Thanks to the exclusive participation of Rodin Museum in Paris, this exhibition will present more than 80 sculptures.
For more information, please check here: http://institutions.ville-geneve.ch
Gustave Courbet, Les années Suisses
From 5th September 2014 to 4th January 2015
Gustave Courbet revolutionized Painting in Europe at the end of the 1840’s. What Art history decided to skip was his last years located in Switzerland around Geneva Lake. Of course Courbet was sick, old and with some legal issues… but he was still Courbet! He continued to paint, exhibit and meet people in the artistic landscape in Switzerland. He lived in Switzerland from July 23rd 1873 until his death on December 31st 1877. 4 years of a quite intense work. The Art museum in Geneva, together with Beyeler Foundation, wish to reinstate Gustave Courbet swiss life into the artist biography. So this exhibition reveals amazing art work from the painter during his swiss period.
For more information: http://institutions.ville-geneve.ch
Switzerland is an amazing place for Art. The different museums and institutions are completely devoted to present what art created at its best. You can see exhibitions that you will not find somewhere else and it is really a chance to being able to attend to these events. If you have other great art exhibitions that we should look into it, please share it here below in the comments! The more we share, the better.
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