John Webber, 1751-1793: Landschaftsmaler und Südseefahrer
Kunstmuseum Bern, 1996 - Exoticism in art - 255 pages
Winterthur patron of the arts Bruno Stefanini (*1924) established the Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (Foundation for Art, Culture and History) in 1980. In the 1950s he began purchasing small-format pictures by Robert Zünd. Over the decades Stefanini accumulated an impressive collection of some 8,000 artworks that offers an encyclopaedic overview of the whole spectrum of artistic creation in Switzerland from the 18th to the early 20th century. 00We will be presenting over 140 works by Swiss artists from the collection – some of them for the very first time – with paintings by Johann Heinrich Füssli and Arnold Böcklin, Angelika Kauffmann, Alexandre Calame and Rudolf Koller, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, as well as Giovanni Segantini, Cuno Amiet and Félix Vallotton. Further highlights include works by Albert Anker, such as his magical Mädchen, die Haare flechtend (Girl Platting Her Hair), Ferdinand Hodler’s highly complex Heilige Stunde (Sacred Hour), as well as General Sherman’s Party by globetrotter Frank Buchser, through to New Objectivity featuring works by Adolf Dietrich and Niklaus Stoecklin. 00The exhibition and catalogue are arranged thematically so that landscapes, pictures of children, history paintings, portraits, still lives etc. are presented in individual sections. Bringing together both the renowned and the unfamiliar, the show takes us on a breathtaking and exciting tour of Swiss art history packed full of surprises. The largest-ever group of rock crystals found in the Alps and Empress Elizabeth of Austria’s riding outfit are representative for the outstanding objects from other areas of the collection. 00Exhibition: Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (07.03-24.08.2014) / Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland (05.12.2014-14.06.2015).
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