Monet, Fondation Pierre Gianadda

August 25, 2011
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Setting is so important. For everything – a date, studying, looking at art. As I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t really learn to appreciate Bonnard and Vuillard until I saw their works at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. I can’t explain why but it was through the museum – the setting – [...]

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The Hahnloser Collection, Fondation de l’Hermitage

August 12, 2011
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Imagine traveling to Paris in 1908 with the purpose of checking out French artistic life! Has there ever been anything comparable? Will there ever be? Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser were already collecting some big Swiss names at the time – Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, as well as Félix Vallotton – when they decided to take [...]

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The Unseen Alberto Giacometti, Bündner Kunstmuseum

July 26, 2011
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How do (self) portraits influence our view of an artist? Rembrandt, Dürer and friends shaped our perception of them through their self-portraits; but with the invention of the camera came our hope for a ‘more intimate, real’ look at our favorite artists. Not that the photographs are any less constructed then the self-portaits, even looking [...]

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Brancusi & Serra, Fondation Beyeler

June 2, 2011
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Constantin Brancusi once said: “Why write about my sculptures? Why not just simply show photos of them?” So enjoy this shot of Princesse X (1915-16) You got ideal femininity from that, right? No? Maybe, some words are necessary after all. When this sculpture was removed from the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1920, Brancusi [...]

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Joseph Kosuth, Haus Konstruktiv

May 30, 2011
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Joseph Kosuth might be my perfect artist. In love with literature almost as much as with art, I swore my allegiance to the artist the day I heard about A Last Parting Look (for C.D.), a tribute to Charles Dickens. Kosuth has yet to disappoint me. Same with the Haus Konstruktiv. Their current solo exhibition [...]

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Mai-Thu Perret: The Adding Machine, Aargauer Kunsthaus

May 27, 2011
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Mai-Thu Perret is close to becoming an art world superstar. She’s increasingly popping up on all the major international art radars, while in Switzerland she’s become impossible to ignore. Earlier in the year she won the fourth annual Zurich Art Prize (last year’s winner was Ryan Gander), which includes a solo show at the Haus [...]

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Claude, Rembrandt & Redon in Paris

May 23, 2011
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To avoid the never-ending lines outside (and inside) the Musée d’Orsay – to see Manet – and based on the online frenzy over the Grand Palais – Anish Kapoor’s Monumenta contribution – here’s a review of three Parisian exhibitions where you’ll actually be able to see and experience art without pushing and shoving through thousands [...]

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Anish Kapoor: Leviathan, Grand Palais, Paris

May 17, 2011
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I didn’t spend three days inside of Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan currently on view at the Grand Palais in Paris but it’ll hopefully be the closest I get to experiencing how Jonah felt when swallowed whole by a whale. Probably one of the strangest parts of the Bible, it was the first thing I thought about [...]

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El Modernismo, Fondation de l’Hermitage

May 12, 2011
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What happened in Spain between Goya’s death in 1828 and the beginning of Picasso’s career? Who were the artists that carried on Goya’s legacy and passed on the torch of Modernism to the young Pablo? Many Spanish Modernists have been forgotten outside of Spain but the l’Hermitage’s exhibition El Modernismo is changing that. The entire [...]

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The Garden of Forking Paths, Blum Farm

May 10, 2011
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You might have wondered why I was tweeting from cow pastures recently. There were points, particularly when I was trying to strategize how to best run past the cows without them noticing me, when I was wondering that too. So was farmer Blum when he saw my shoes. (He offered to lend me a pair [...]

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