Imagine the Past

Marché de Sutz, 2018. © Benoît Clarys, Photo: Nouveau Musée Bienne

The representations in Clarys’ watercolours shape our image of the past, from the Palaeolithic to the Modern Age, and of the societies that preceded us. The roles between men and women, family models, mobility and exchange. Relevant questions about our contemporary society are also posed to those of earlier times. The past, which is actually inaccessible today, blossoms again in the eyes of the public through the artist’s imagination and drawing talent.


Robert Delaunay in Paris

Robert Delaunay (1885-1941), the runners, 1924–1925. Private collection. Photo Kunsthaus Zurich.

This exhibition pays homage to the work of Robert Delaunay (1885 –1941), one of the foremost pioneers of early 20th-century art.  This overview will allow to experience the wide-ranging and innovative nature of Delaunay’s work, exploring the significant themes that were to preoccupy him throughout his career: light, colour and the pictorial expression of the process of vision. It will also show how, as a passionate advocate and practitioner of abstract art, he became a central figure within the Parisian avant-garde. Works by early 20th-century photographers and filmmakers will complement the display.


Costumes of Carnival in Venice

Some of the beautiful costumes of the show. Foto: Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

The carnival in Venice is first mentioned in records from the year 1094. It flourished in the 18th century. The Venetians have always celebrated their carnival with great enthusiasm. It lasts eleven days and has developed into one of the most famous festivals in the world. The carnival served to ridicule the established upper class. The historical backdrop of the city rounds off the peculiarity of the Venetian carnival. Its revival in the mid-1970s led to the revival of various crafts threatened with extinction. The costumes of the special exhibition come from a private collection and were made to measure by the best craftsmen of their trade.