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Caspar Wolf and the aesthetic conquest of nature
BASEL, SWITZERLAND  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  19 October 2014 - 1 February 2015
The Alps as magnificent spectacle of nature — a surprisingly recent opinion. It was only during the course of the 18th century that people began regarding jagged mountain ranges as “sublime” and aesthetically pleasing. The Swiss landscape painter Caspar Wolf (1735–1783) was one of the first to conquer this largely undeveloped Alpine landscape on his extensive treks and made it available as subject matter for artistic treatment. In his galvanizing compositions, massive boulders, thundering mountain torrents, and bizarre glacier formations impede the viewer’s path. The human being, standing in awe, is reduced to a tiny figure before expansive panoramas.

The exhibition includes 126 works by Caspar Wolf and his contemporaries as well as a selection of recent photographs taken at these respective locations in the Alps.

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Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
CH-4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62 62

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