Passions Partagées

From Cézanne to Rothko, 20th-century masterpieces in private Swiss collections
Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne
26 June-25 October 2009
www.fondation-hermitage.ch

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lausanne’s Fondation de l’Hermitage, this blockbuster show is a homage to the foundation’s first exhibition, “Impressionism in the collections of French-speaking Switzerland” in 1984. Since then the foundation has shown thousands of works by Swiss collectors, and this is the institution’s tribute to that special relationship. Nineteenth-century highlights of “Passions Partagées” include Cézanne’s The Valley of the Arc, 1878-1883, Degas’s Dancers (Dancers at rest), around 1898, and Renoir’s Mother and Child (Gabrielle and Jean), 1895. Twentieth-century greats include Picasso’s Bust of Woman in Hat (Dora), 1939, Rothko’s No. 15, 1952, Francis Bacon’s Figure in Movement, 1976, Gerhard Richter’s Eduard (542-1), 1983, and Yves Klein’s Anthropométrie, around 1960. There are nearly 100 works in the exhibition, and it’s a pleasure to see such a mixed array of artists bound only by their collectors.

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, June 2009, p19. To view it in context, click on the PDF link below

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