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Switzerland is a very rich country… in art institutions and museums. It is one of the countries with the biggest density of museums per inhabitant. If we calculate only the official ones, we could count more than 1,000.

2013 will be again a very exciting year for art. Here is our selection of exhibitions not to miss in Switzerland for 2013.

Kunsthaus Zürich

Felix Vallotton – Precious Moments.

Le Bain au Soir d’été – 1892-93

From July 5th to September 15th 2013

This exhibition will be a unique dialog between pieces coming from a private collection and the Kunsthaus storage. More than 50 paintings will be displayed under a common theme “Precious moments”. Switzerland is one of the countries with the biggest number of Vallottons, unfortunately a big majority belongs to private collectors. So this is one opportunity in a thousand to see the talent of this amazing artist. Felix Edouard Vallotton was a Swiss painter, born in Lausanne in 1865 and he died in Paris- France in 1925. He was respected by his pairs because of his unique style. Very precise and truly. Sometimes he was criticized because of the severity of his technique. During the exhibition visitors will be able to see a choice of the painter work within the most strikingly unconventional ones.

Kunshaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1
CH–8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0)44 253 84 84


Fondation Beyeler – Basel

Max Ernst retrospective

The Fireside Angel (The Triumph of Surrealism) – 1937

From May 26th to September 8th 2013

This is one of the most important retrospective on Max Ernst. More than 160 paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures and illustrated books. You will be able to see all the creation phases of the artist. Max Ernst was born in 1891 in Germany and since he died in 1976, this will be the first time in Switzerland we will be able to see so many key pieces of the artist portfolio. Ernst was one of the fathers of DADA and one of the proud defenders of Surrealism. Now, decades after his death, he is still one of the most influencial artists in the world, inspiring new artists every day.

Baselstrasse 101
CH-4125 Riehen / Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 645 97 00 


Zentrum Paul Klee – Bern

Preciosities and Rarities by Paul Klee

Detail Paul Klee, Park near Lu. – 1938

From May 25th to August 11th 2013

The Paul Klee Center in Bern is presenting an amazing exhibition about Klee called “Preciosities and Rarities by Paul Klee”. What you need to know is that the Paul Klee Centre in Bern has the biggest collection of Paul Klee’s work. He wasa Swiss painter born in 1879 and died in 1940. In the museum stock you could count more than 4’000 works by the artist: 15p paintings, 3’000 monochrome drawings and 550 works in color. This summer, the museum is presenting a selection of “never-seen-before” works from the painter. The exhibition will reveal real treasures, covering all the key periods of the artist. The Swiss painter has an amazing style, from  Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism to Abstraction. So his work is really hard to classify.

Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
3006 Bern
Phone: + 41 (0)31 359 01 01


 Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

Pablo Bronstein – Solo Show

Pablo Bronstein, Plaza Minuet – 2011

From September 13th to November 24th 2013

The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, will present for the first time in Switzerland the first retrospective of the artist in terms of architectural drawings. Pablo Bronstein was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires – Argentina and live in London. His artistic work was founded in Saint Martin School in London and since then he specialized on architectural drawings and gouaches. He also incorporates on his exhibitions live performances in which he invites the visitors to think about the space and the movement. His style is quite interesting as he set in ornate frames and depicting imagined buildings incorporating styles from 18th century France and the 1980s.

The Centre d’Art contemporain Genève
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
1205 Genève
Phone: + 41 (0)22 329 18 42


Museo d’Arte Lugano

Myths and Mysteries – The Symbolism by Swiss Artists

Giovanni Segantini, La vanita (La fonte del male) – 1897

From September 15th 2013 to January 12th 2014 

Curated by Valentina Anker, this exhibition covers a great journey into Symbolism between the 19th and the 20th century through the eyes of Swiss artists: Arnold Böcklin, Augusto and Giovanni Giacometti, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Segantini, Carlos Schwabe, Albert Trachsel, Félix Vallotton, Albert Welti but also Edoardo Berta, Adolfo Feragutti Visconti, Filippo Franzoni, Luigi Rossi as well as Jean-Joseph Carriès, William de Degouve Nuncques, Fernand Khnopff, Gustave Moreau, Gaetano Previati, Odilon Redon, Auguste Rodin, Franz von Stuck, Hans Thoma, Jan Toorop.
The themes of the exhibition: Dreams, the Subconscious, the hybrid, violence and death, the sublime and the disturbing nature or women both angelical and demoniac. Many themes, the preferred of the symbolist artists.

Museo d’Arte de Lugano
Via Riva Caccia 5
6900 Lugano
Phone: +41 (0)58 866 72 14


Fotomuseum Winterthur

This Infinite world – Set 10 from the museum photo collection.

Alec Soth, Melissa – 2005

From June 8th 2013 to February 9th 2014

For the past 10 years, the Fotomuseum de Winterthur dedicates an exhibition about the museum collections. During the years the photo collection of the institution has continuosly growing. Today we talk about more than 4’000 works by 400 photographers. Every year the museum calls this exhibition a “Set”. The first year it was “Set 1”. Next month we will be able to attend to Set 10. Paul Graham will curate this anniversary exhibition. It is an important symbol as the Fotomuseum opened in 1993 with an exhibition of Paul Graham. The British artist selected 21 photographers from Diane Arbus to Lewis Baltz and Luigi Ghirri. The exhibition will be accompanied by the collection brochure Set 10, but also an additional anniversary compilation of all sets. Something not to miss.

Fotomuseum Winterthur
Grüzenstrasse 44 + 45
CH-8400 Winterthur
Phone +41 (0)52 234 10 60


Fondation de l’Hermitage – Lausanne

MIRÓ, Poetry and Light


From June 28th to October 27th 2013

This is definitely a big event in Switzerland. More than 80 works by Joan Miró will be exhibited (1893 – 1983). All works come from Pilar i Joan Miro Foundation in Palma de Majorca. For more information about this outstanding exhibition, see our dedicated article here:

Fondation de l’Hermitage 
2, route du Signal
1000 Lausanne 8
Phone: +41 (0)21 312 50 13

So now you do not have any excuse to not place Art and Culture on your top priorities this year. If you think about others, please let us a comment here below, so that we share interesting information about art in Switzerland. Thanks!


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