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Highlights from the collection

3 March 2018 - 23 October 2020, Kunstmuseum


The collection should not remain static, but should present itself in motion. Thus, works are switched out, regrouped, and entire rooms are rehung. Hidden elements come to light, emphases are shifted, and every now and then a great donation is featured as new highlight!

The works of the late Gothic and Renaissance—including a Lucretia (circa 1530) by the Antwerp-based artist Cornelis Bazelaere, known as “The Master with the Parrot,” the latest donation by Annette Bühler—are juxtaposed with post-Byzantine icons from the extensive Gürtler donation. The result is an encounter between pictures from the East and the West, inviting visitors to compare them. The path of the Old Masters continues in the important works of Dutch and Italian Baroque painting from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

French art from the nineteenth century presents a wealth of highlights. The colorful eruptions of the Romanticist Delacroix are contrasted with the earthy heaviness of Courbet’s realism, and Corot’s plein-air painting leads into to the luminaries of Impressionism: Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir—and of course Claude Monet with his radical masterpiece Palazzo Contarini, Venice (1908). With his late work, Hodler stands on the threshold of modernism. Masterpieces of this heyday of the avant-garde parade in alternation with the Maria Lassnig exhibition—Kirchner, Klee, Taeuber-Arp, Bill—and Andy Warhol points into the present with his Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup (1962) ...

Curators: Matthias Wohlgemuth and Céline Gaillard