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Events in Art and Archaeology

Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural
ZURICH  •  Kunsthaus  •  2 October 2015 - 24 January 2016
The art of Joan Miró (1893 –1983) is informed by an almost literal directness, which invariably foregrounds the materiality of his painting. In his personal accounts, he declared the wall itself to be the starting point of his painting. At first, it was the wall of the farm in Montroig, its imperfection supplying the inspiration for images that captured the beauty of the material with meticulous attention to detail and great poetic imagination. For him a wall was not simply an object to be depicted: it also dictated the physical and tactile qualities of the painterly. The move from simple depiction to according the canvas surface a status equal to that of the wall, as well as the careful selection and preparation of supports that we encounter in every phase of his work, can be traced back to this objective. Poured paint and deliberately placed splashes, whitewashed canvases as well as coarse burlap and unconventional materials such as masonite, sandpaper or tar paper are placed in the service of his imagination and play their part in creating Miró’s visual universe.

Kunsthaus Zurich Website

Contact: Kunsthaus
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
Tel: (41) 1 253 84 84

<SPAN class="caption caption-bottom">Adriaen Coorte: <EM>Still Life with a Bundle of Asparagus, Red Cherries and a Butterfly</EM>, c. 1693 – 1695Private collection</SPAN>
Adriaen Coorte: Still Life with a Bundle of Asparagus, Red Cherries and a Butterfly, c. 1693 – 1695
Private collection
A Golden Age
ZURICH  •  Kunsthaus  •  28 August 2015 - 10 January 2016
The Kunsthaus already possesses important holdings of 17th century Dutch art, in the form of the Koetser and Ruzicka collections. For this exhibition, these are joined by 40 precious Dutch paintings from a private collection in Zurich that have rarely been shown before. Most are small-format cabinet pieces of exquisite quality. They include cheerful genre scenes, magnificent still lifes and landscapes by outstanding representatives of Dutch painting such as Hendrick Avercamp, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Adriaen Coorte, Jan van Goyen and Aert van der Neer.

Kunsthaus Zurich Website

Contact: Kunsthaus
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
Tel: (41) 1 253 84 84

Cy Twombly: Painting & Sculpture
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  12 September 2015 - 13 March 2016

The American artist Cy Twombly is regarded, alongside his friends Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, as one of the most important representatives of the generation of artists that in the course of the 1950s detached itself from Abstract Expressionism and developed influential idioms of its own.

Twombly was born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1928 and died in Rome in 2011. At a time when the art scene was shifting from Paris to New York, he chose to move in the opposite direction, namely to Rome, which became his home from 1957 onward. Here he found not only Mediterranean light, but also the history, myths, and poetry of Classical Antiquity, which would thereafter inform and inspire his work. Obeying an impetus to doodle, which is actually not unlike writing, Twombly activates his generally white canvases with lines, characters, and word fragments—scraps of personal recollection and the collective memory combining writing and images.

The focus of the exhibition is on the paintings of the 1950s to 1970s belonging to the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel, supplemented with loans from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and the Daros Collection, which has a significant body of work by Twombly at its disposal. Together they exemplify the developmental trajectory of the artist’s early period. The show opens with a painting of intimate format dating from 1954, when Twombly was still in New York, as is evident from the compact painting and gestural brushwork, both of which bespeak the influence of Abstract Expressionism. The paintings produced from 1957 onward, most of them in Rome, follow on seamlessly as the dark ground is abandoned in favor of brighter, bigger, landscape formats, liberally invested with rhythm by lines drawn in pencil, chalk, or oil. The pictures, it seems, are themselves testimony to the condition experienced at the time of their creation, even if certain corrective interventions—the numerous crossingsout and pentimenti, for example—allow the discarded forms to remain present. The result is an ambivalence between disclosure and concealment.

Presented here for the first time is the portrait-format painting Untitled of 1969, which was painted on the Lago di Bolsena north of Rome and shows a fine, window-like opening, rendered as pencil hatching, in a field of white. It was the gifting of this painting to the Kunstmuseum Basel by Katharina and Wilfrid Steib in 2013 that provided the initial spark for this exhibition.

Kunstmuseum Basel Website

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

Philippe Halsman, <EM>Astonish me!</EM>
Philippe Halsman, Astonish me!
Jeu de Paume, Paris
LAUSANNE  •  Musée de l'Elysée  •  20 October 2015 - 24 January 2016

Over a forty-year period, in Paris during the 1930s and in New York from 1940 on, Photographer Philippe Halsman developed a broad range of activities (portraits, fashion, reportage, advertisements, personal projects, commissions from individuals and institutions). The Musée de l’Elysée presents the first study dedicated to his entire body of work, with a selection of over 300 pieces.

Born in 1906 in Riga, Latvia, Halsman studied engineering in Dresden before moving to Paris, where he opened a photographic studio in 1932. Halsman took inspiration from the contemporary art scene and participated in promoting it. Though he specialised in portraiture, he also branched out into advertising and publishing, which were thriving at the time. In 1940, the German invasion brought Halsman's prosperous career to a halt, leading him to flee with his family to New York.

His vast portrait gallery of celebrities (actors, industrialists, politicians, scientists, writers). Some of these images, such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill or Albert Einstein, became icons. He produced the largest number of covers (101) for Life magazine, the first weekly magazine to be illustrated only by photographs.

Musée de l'Elysée Website

Contact: Musée de l'Elysée
18, avenue de l'Elysée
1014 Lausanne - Switzerland
Tel: (41) 21 316 99 11

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs: Eurasia
ZURICH  •  Fotomuseum Winterthur  •  24 October 2015 - 14 February 2016

After their work The Great Unreal, based on a road trip through the US, which the artists subsequently distorted beyond recognition in their studio, the Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs hit the road once again in 2013. In their most recent, major project they take us on a trip by car to the East. The journey began in Zurich and led through the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Through regions in a state of transition-territories that people from the West know very little about. This series forms an imaginative counterpart to The Great Unreal. In contrast to the cultural and visual output of the US, which is present everywhere, the artists had barely any distinct notions of the “East”. The photographs and films that they made during their journey serve as the starting point for a series of works – some real, some surreal – in which images of their experiences are joined with those constructed from memory and the imagination.

Using analogue documentary media, such as 16mm film and large-format plate cameras, Onorato & Krebs playfully draw on the myth of the road trip and the exoticism of the East.

Fotomuseum Winterthur Website

Contact: Fotomuseum Winterthur
Grüzenstr. 44+45
CH-8400 Winterthur (Zurich)
Tel: (41) 52 234 10 60

Events in Classical Music

Philharmonia Zürich: Anna Vinnitskaya, piano
ZURICH  •  Opernhaus Zürich  •  29 November 2015

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor op 15
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor op 93

Philharmonia Zürich
Rafael Payare, conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya, piano


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Detailed schedule information:

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Sechseläutenplatz 1
CH-8001 Zurich
Tel: (41) 44 268 66 66

Events in Dance

ZURICH  •  Opernhaus Zürich  •  22 November 2015 - 22 January 2016

Ballet by Patrice Bart
Music by Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Patrice Bart
Paul Connelly, conductor
Stage and costume design: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting: Martin Gebhardt

Ballet  Ballett Zürich
Junior Ballett

Guest solo at Ballett Zürich:
Friedemann Vogel: 17 Dec 2015 and 2 Jan 2016
Polina Semionova: 22 Jan 2016
Orchestra  Philharmonia Zürich

Opernhaus Zürich Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Opernhaus Zürich
Sechseläutenplatz 1
CH-8001 Zurich
Tel: (41) 44 268 66 66

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