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Of Penguins and Geraniums - August Gaul and Martin Lauterburg in the Museum of Fine Arts Berne

The Kunstmuseum Bern is welcoming the addition to its collection of two extensive groups of works by the artists August Gaul and Martin Lauterburg. The Zwillenberg Foundation (Bern) handed over its outstanding collection of some 120 sculptures of animals by the German sculptor August Gaul (1869-1921) as a permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Bern. Our presentation provides a cohesive picture of the oeuvre of the artist, who was one of the pioneers of modern German sculpture working in Berlin at the beginning of the 20th century. The second addition is due to the Martin Lauterburg Foundation transferring its collection to that of the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation. It comprises some 80 paintings as well as numerous prints, drawings, and photographs by the Bernese painter Martin Lauterburg (1891-1960). Together with works by Lauterburg that were already part of the Kunstmuseum Bern collection, we are presenting a selection of his oeuvre so that our audience can rediscover this unique artist who was once greatly esteemed for his magical realism.
Motoko Watanabe: «Paintings» at Galerie Claudia Geiser, Zurich

Motoko Watanabe’s paintings reflect her innermost thoughts and the two worlds in which the Swiss-Japanese artist moves. Trained in the Japanese literati school of painting, she combines the subtle nuances of black and expressive lines of ink painting with intense acrylic tones in works that are individual and full of vitality and sensuality.
Kunstmuseum Winterthur presents Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940)

Ten years ago, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, showed an exhibition of Pierre Bonnard's oeuvre. Now, it dedicates its autumn exhibition to Édouard Vuillard, another great French painter of the late nineteenth century. Kunstmuseum Winterthur has the most extensive collection of Vuillard's works among the Swiss public collections. That's why the exhibition focuses on the subjects of the collection, namely the interieurs with their figures from the 1890s, the family scenes, the landscapes of 1900, the nudes created soon after, the interiors with his mother seated at a table and the landscapes of Brittany of 1908, in which the transition to his new style of painting becomes manifest. The present selection provides a detailed insight into the painter's subjects and, at the same time, allows us to look at the Winterthur paintings in their context.

The Gurlitt Collection: the Kunstmuseum Bern retains legal representation
The Board of Trustees of the Kunstmuseum Bern (KMB) has decided to retain the law firm CMS von Erlach Poncet AG in Zurich and its partner firms in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna to clarify the complex issues involving the Gurlitt estate. Dr Beat von Rechenberg will be responsible for the overall management of the case.

Painting America: Artists of the New World (1830-1900)
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Fondation de l’Hermitage is showing a major exhibition of 19th century American painting, in summer 2014. Focusing on landscape, portraiture and still life, this event brings together a collection of exceptional works painted from 1830 to 1900, most of which have never been shown in Europe before. During this crucial period in the history of the United States of America, artists gradually distanced themselves from their European models and developed an innovative style. The vitality and singularity of American art played an active role in the emergence of a new democratic national identity.

Kunsthaus Zürich presents ‘The Torches of Prometheus. Henry Fuseli and Javier Téllez’
From 20 June to 12 October 2014 the Kunsthaus Zürich presents two artistic positions that exemplify how the Prometheus myth has been adapted and reinterpreted between 1770 and the present day. The exhibition ‘The Torches of Prometheus. Henry Fuseli and Javier Téllez’ combines about 20 works of the early modern era with a contemporary film installation.

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