Magritte, Dietrich, Rousseau. Visionary objectivity

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Content9 March – 8 July 2018

The emergence of abstraction was a key process in the development of modern art. Yet artists deploying the stylistic resources of representation were also a major influence – as this exhibition demonstrates through a series of masterful works from the collection, some of which are rarely shown.

In the late 19th century, for example, Félix Vallotton captured the visible world with a precision worthy of the Old Masters, but also laid bare its fragility with the acuity of a psychologist. At the same time, the ‘naive’ autodidact Henri Rousseau depicted exquisitely neat, visionary worlds of the imagination (also represented in the exhibition are the late ‘naive’ artists André Bauchant, Camille Bombois, Élie Lascaux and Grandma Moses). After the First World War, representational description of the world took a different turn with ‘New Objectivity’ (examples include Niklaus Stoecklin and Adolf Dietrich). And even Surrealism (René Magritte, Salvador Dalí) repeatedly drew on the resources of representational art to depict the unconscious.

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Selection of further exhibitions in: Switzerland

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19.01.2018 - 19.02.2018
16.09.2017 - 21.01.2018
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22.09.2017 - 21.01.2018
27.10.2017 - 28.01.2018
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Rhypark Basel / Tramstop:Novartis Campus
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20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018
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16.02.2017 - 25.03.2018
01.01.2016 - 01.01.2030
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Zürich

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Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
Bern

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09.03.2018 - 08.07.2018
20.04.2018 - 15.07.2018
05.11.2017 - 28.01.2018
Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
Le Locle

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14.06.2018 - 17.06.2018
An der messe
Schönaustrasse 10 , 4058 Basel , Switzerland
BASEL

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01.03.2017 - 06.05.2018
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Marktgasse 13
Langenthal

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Magritte, Dietrich, Rousseau. Visionary objectivity Kunsthaus Zürich Main address: Kunsthaus Zürich Heimplatz 1 8001 Zürich, Switzerland Kunsthaus Zürich Heimplatz 1 8001 Zürich, Switzerland Content9 March – 8 July 2018

The emergence of abstraction was a key process in the development of modern art. Yet artists deploying the stylistic resources of representation were also a major influence – as this exhibition demonstrates through a series of masterful works from the collection, some of which are rarely shown.

In the late 19th century, for example, Félix Vallotton captured the visible world with a precision worthy of the Old Masters, but also laid bare its fragility with the acuity of a psychologist. At the same time, the ‘naive’ autodidact Henri Rousseau depicted exquisitely neat, visionary worlds of the imagination (also represented in the exhibition are the late ‘naive’ artists André Bauchant, Camille Bombois, Élie Lascaux and Grandma Moses). After the First World War, representational description of the world took a different turn with ‘New Objectivity’ (examples include Niklaus Stoecklin and Adolf Dietrich). And even Surrealism (René Magritte, Salvador Dalí) repeatedly drew on the resources of representational art to depict the unconscious.

Supported by Albers & Co AG
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