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Paesaggi a confronto. Arte, natura e società in Svizzera 1850-1920

Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona
September 19, 2020 - January 17, 2021

In the second half of the 19th century, up to World War I, society in Switzerland radically changed with industrialisation and urbanisation, the development of mobility and, consequently, of tourism. Accordingly, the intensification of agriculture as well as the nationalisation and the protection of forests transformed landscapes’ structure and appearance.

 

The Swiss 'beautiful landscape' no longer responded to the uncontaminated idyll of the 18th century, but the nostalgia for this ideal remained, meeting the desire for realism and modernity. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, pictorial landscape representations were obviously influenced by the production of the main European centres and by the great models of art history, such as Dutch landscapes. However, more than ever, friendships and cultural exchanges between Swiss artists seem to be decisive – as, for example, Ferdinand Hodler’s training with Barthélémy Menn in Geneva, Arnold Böcklin’s staying in the atelier of Gottfried Steffan in Munich or the friendship between Filippo Franzoni and Hodler. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to apprehend these interactions between artists and their works in the second half of the 19th century.

 

With works by Cuno Amiet, Edoardo Berta, Arnold Böcklin, Alexandre Calame, Gustave Castan, François Diday, Hans Emmenegger, Filippo Franzoni, Otto Fröhlicher, Jacques-Elie-Abraham Hermanjat, Ferdinand Hodler, Barthélémy Menn, Luigi Rossi, Giovanni Segantini, Johann Gottfried Steffan, Félix Vallotton, Robert Zünd and others.