Etching and Engraving in Le Locle

The museum shows 20 years of etched and engraved art of Georg Baselitz (1938). The etchings, the wood engravings, and the linocuts that he makes alongside his paintings contribute to his quest for the most effective stroke. The subjects of his engravings and etchings are frequently represented upside down in order to blur the tracks of possible interpretations and to subvert common references. However, he does not simply exhibit upside-down works that were made right-side up. Bestiary and human representations, the horse, the dog, the eagle, as well as the fragmented body, are part of his repertoire that the artist never ceases to reinvent. Baselitz is a great master of engraving and etching, which he practices as an art in its own right.

When Art became Art

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), Unanimity, city hall Hanover,1913 (detail). Photo Kunsthaus Zurich.

The exhibition focuses on Reformation as starting point of objects becoming art. The show unites some 60 works from the 16th to the 20th centuries. At its centre is Ferdinand Hodler’s ‘Unanimity’ in the stairwell of the Moser building. Selected works by Old Masters retrace the crisis of the religious image in the Reformation, while Italian Baroque paintings offer an insight into the religious art of the Counter-Reformation. At the beginning of the 19th century Zurich offers up some of the Nazarenes – a group of artists working in Rome who looked back to
the pre-Reformation church and art. Finally, the innovators of Concrete Art sought universal truths through their pure, almost Reformation-style painting and Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944) is being examined as a reformer pur sang.


Money and Church

Exhibition Geld und Kirche. Photo: Coin Cabinet Wintherthur.

The medieval Church had a solid financial- and tax administration. The incomes originated from agriculture, estates and other properties, and also from indulgencies and other questionable moneymakers.  The exhibition focuses on the moral, financial and religious aspects of the ambivalent attitude of the Church.