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December 2013



Posted December 29, 2012 by artBahrain in Museums



Fondation de l’Hermitage -  Lausanne, Switzerland
January 25 to May 20, 2013


The theme of the window has forever fascinated artists. With the exhibition Windows, from the Renaissance to the Present.Dürer, Monet, Magritte…, the Fondation de l’Hermitage offers a look at the motif of the window, retracing its significant role in Western iconography from the 15th century to the current day. Organised in partnership with the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte de Lugano, the display will bring together more than 150 works from Swiss and European galleries, as well as from numerous prestigious private collections.

Although inherently linked to research on perspective, carried out during the Renaissance, the window has constantly been reinterpreted throughout different historical periods and artistic movements. Until the end of the 19thcentury artists used its frame to guide our eyes towards ideal landscapes, realist panoramas, or, on the contrary, to allow light to filter indoors. Many artists have subsequently integrated the window and its reflections in order to blur the limits between interior and exterior. With its origins as a simple decorative element, the window has gradually become a subject in itself. The window’s opening, frame, light, and sometimes the windowpanes, allow multidisciplinary artists to explore new territories, some of which have led to the discovery of an abstract and minimalist art.

This thematic path spanning 500 years of art history includes major artists such as Dürer, Dou, Constable, Monet, Hammershøi, Munch, Delaunay, de Chirico, Mondrian, Jawlensky, Matisse, Duchamp, Vallotton, Ernst, Bonnard, Vuillard, Klee, Delvaux, Picasso, Balthus, Rothko, Scully among many others. Paintings, engravings, photography and video installations create a full panorama of this compelling theme which transcends various styles and historical periods.

Curatorship : Marco Franciolli, Director, Museo Cantonale d’Arte e Museo d’Arte, Lugano ; Giovanni Iovane, Professor of Contemporary Art History, Accademia di Brera, Milano ; Sylvie Wuhrmann, Director, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne

Catalogue : the catalogue features colour reproductions of all exhibited works and includes numerous contributions (Victor Stoichita, Daniela Ferrari, Bruno Reichlin, Elio Grazioli, Alberto Pezzotta, Angelica Jawlensky, Angelica Affentranger-Kirchrath, Brenda Danilowitz and Nicholas Fox Weber).

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