Hundred Years Revolution

Alexander Samochwalow, Textilfabrik, 1929. Staatliches Russisches Museum, St. Petersburg.

Zentrum Paul Klee and Kunstmuseum Bern dedicate their joint exhibition to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia.  The exhibition focuses both on the starting point of the Bolshevik revolution (not to confuse with the abdication of the Tsar and the new government in February 1917) and on the impact of the revolution on artistic representations. The exhibition at Zentrum Paul Klee focuses on the revolutionary spirit in visual epxressions of Russian Suprematism and Constructivism. They both had a radical impact on twentieth-century art when Kazimir Malevich, the founder of Suprematism, and the circle of Russian Constructivists led by Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko, made their breakthrough to geometric abstraction and construction. Russian Suprematism and Constructivism are rightfully considered truly revolutionary art movements even today. The exhibition at Kunstmuseum Bern retraces Socialist Realism in contemporary art and its many shifts and changes since the Russian Revolution. In its representations of socialist themes, Propaganda Art not only embraced a realistic style, it also programmatically expressed a societal concept by promoting a society that did not exist then and never materialized afterwards. As the former Soviet Union reached crisis point and began to disintegrate, artists began to use new concepts.


A Celebration of Light and Colour

Claude Monet in 1899, by Nadar. Photo: Wikipedia

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Fondation Beyeler and will be a celebration of light and colour, illustrating the artistic development of Claude Monet (1840-1926) from Impressionism to his late work. It will feature his Mediterranean landscapes, wild Atlantic coastal scenes, different stretches of the Seine, meadows with wild flowers, haystacks, water lilies, cathedrals, and bridges shrouded in fog. In his paintings, Monet experimented with changing light and color effects in the course of a day and in different seasons. He succeeded in evoking magical moods through reflections and shadows. The exhibition will bring together sixty-three masterpieces from private collections and renowned museums.

The Berlin Years of Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938), The Rhaetian railway in snow, 1917. Collection Deutsche Bank Frankfurt. Photo: Künsthaus Zurich

The exhibition of the Berlin years of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938) is the first of its kind in Switzerland. The master of Expressionism lived in Berlin from 1911 to 1917, when he moved to Davos. The show examines the artist’s creative phase in Berlin and focuses on the dichotomy between his twin lives in the bustling capital city and on the tranquil Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, where he spent the summer months from 1912 to 1914. The contrasts between these two places of inspiration could hardly be greater. In addition to paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photographs from his time in Berlin, the exhibition also includes a representative selection of his early works from Dresden and some of the first paintings produced in Davos after 1917. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Brücke Museum Berlin.