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At Mart Rovereto to discover the collection of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur

  • 19

    September 2009
  • 10

    January 2010
Mart Rovereto, Rovereto  

Mart Rovereto, partner of the UniCredit artistic network, is hosting from 19 September to 10 January 2010 the wide-ranging collection of Kunstmuseum Winterthur for the exhibition "Masterpieces of Modernity. Works from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur".


On show two hundred and forty absolute masterpieces of the history of 20th-century art - among others, works by Monet, Pissarro, Rodin, Bonnard, Sisley, van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Magritte, Brancusi, Mondrian, Gerhard Richter - from the collections of the Swiss museum, founded thanks to a shrewd acquisitions campaign launched at the end of the 19th century by the Fine Arts Society of Winterthur, and subsequently supported by generous donations.


The exhibition offers a rich chronological and thematic itinerary through impressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstract schools and ending with an overview of the highest quality of international art movements of the post-war years.


On show impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces, with works by Degas, Sisley, Pissarro, Monet and the post-impressionists; another fascinating chapter is represented by the Romantic-Symbolist current with works by Eugène Delacroix, Odilon Redon and Ferdinand Hodler, together with the nabis Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.


A section is dedicated to sculpture and the development of its various forms, starting with Medardo Rosso, who at the end of the 19th century overcame the traditional concept of sculpture to include atmospheric and luminous vibrations into the matter, and continuing with the radical formal experiments of Pevsner, Duchamp-Villon and Lipchitz, and the extreme synthesis of Brancusi and Giacometti.


The avant-garde movements open with a chapter stressed the shift of painting towards abstraction, from the Orphean cubism of Delaunay to the lyrical abstraction of Kandinsky and Klee. A particularly important nucleus of works illustrates the research of those artists who, after the First World War, turned their gaze beyond "touchable things" to explore the most hidden and profound side of reality, and on to the dimension of dreams and the unconscious, starting with Giorgio de Chirico, who opened the way to surrealists like Max Ernst, René Magritte and Yves Tanguy.


An important section is dedicated to cubism, represented in its various developments through a fine group of works by Picasso, Gris and Léger, an artist of whose work the Winterthur museum holds one of the most important collections in Europe. The cubists arrived at a non-objective painting through their discomposition of the image, as exemplified by the work of Van Doesburg and Mondrian, present in the work with two masterpieces, Composition I, (1930) and Composition A, (1932). The works of Kurt Schwitters, made of various materials, the airy structures of Alexander Calder and the works of Hans Arp, in which the form is determined by chance, all reflect their research into form. The guiding thread that leads from these surreal works to the birth of informal art is represented by works by Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and Antoni Tàpies.


The exhibit is also hosting the latest figurative work, with examples by Richard Hamilton, protagonist of pop culture, Richard Artschwager and Gerhard Richter, and on to the results of contemporary artistic culture.



(picture: Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of the postman Joseph Roulin, 1888. Donation by Georg Reinhart's Heirs, 1955, Kunstmuseum Winterthur)




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