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.

Winckelmann in Chiasso

Johann Winckelmann (1719-1768), Monumenti antichi inediti,1767. Photo: M.A.X. Museo

At the occassion of the 300th anniversary the birth of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), the M.A.X. museum of Chiasso dedicates an exhibition to this German master of classical culture and actually one of the founding fathers of modern art history. The show focuses in particular on the publishing and artistic history of the monumental, but outside Italy hardly known publication Monumenti antichi inediti, which published Winckelmann just before his premature death in 1768. Pompei and Herculaneum come back to life, in cooperation with the Archaeological Museum of Naples Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and the Winckelmann Society (Winckelmann Gesellschaft,

The Puppets on Show

Otto Morach (1887-1973), Puppets Tambour, 1918. Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich.

The Museum für Gestaltung  (Museum of Applied Arts) is presenting its valuable collection of puppets. As high points of the avant-garde and the period of Dada, Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s “König Hirsch” and Otto Morach’s ensemble for “La boîte à joujoux” will encounter typical puppet characters such as Punch, a robber, and a princess. The puppet theater company founded at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich (Zurich School of Applied Arts) in 1918 led to an experimental engagement with the genre by the various participants. In the mid-twentieth century, puppet theater reached yet another high point in the form of “Fred Schneckenburger’s Puppet Cabaret”. Along with original puppets in all sizes, including the Kasperl puppets by Antonio Vitali (1909.2008), the exhibition will also present theatrical scenery, films, and soundtracks as well as insights through drawings and documentary photographs.