Oskar Kokoschka: Expressionist, migrant and pacifist

The exhibition presents the first retrospective of his work in Switzerland for over 30 years. The highlights among the more than 200 exhibits include the monumental ‘Prometheus Triptych’ (1950, Courtauld Gallery, London) and the ‘Mural for Alma Mahler’ (1954, University of Hamburg), which have never before been seen in Switzerland. Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) is one of a generation of artists who retained their allegiance to figurative painting after the Second World War, even as abstract art was consolidating its predominance. The retrospective traces the motifs and motivations by a collection of 100 paintings and an equal number of works on paper, photographs and letters from all phases of his career.