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25 august
– 10 november 2019


Curated by Francesca Benini and Cristina Sonderegger

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Main partner MASI Lugano


Light and landscape around Giovanni Segantini

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For most of the year 2019 MASI has the extraordinary opportunity to host an outstanding example of expression of the sublime: Giovanni Segantini’s Alpine Triptych. To celebrate this exceptional event, MASI organises a collection display of about 60 artworks around the monumental work by the great master of Divisionism, retracing the evolution of landscape painting in Switzerland and abroad from the 18th to the 21st century. Displayed in front of the Triptych and providing a show within the show, is the equally engaging video installation Die Magische Bergwelt by This Brunner.

The exhibition
Starting from a reflection on what can artistically be defined as Sublime, the exhibition traces the evolution of landscape painting. An expression of the "Alpine spirit” that inspired the featured artists to come up with their own personal interpretations of the Mountain landscape and the reality that surrounds it. This spirit takes the forms of romantic subject in Turner and Calame; it permeates the use of colour in the work of Giacometti and Dudreville; it stands for national identity in the perspectives of Franzoni, Rossi and Foglia; and, finally, it becomes a historical document in Donetta's photographs. These trends are reversed in contemporary art, in which representation of the Alps becomes ambivalent: Lutz and Guggisberg, for example, portray the mountains ironically in their assemblages, underscoring the stereotypes of their traditional representation, while Burkhard's photographs restore a perfect balance between sentiment and history in the mountain Landscape.

Giovanni Battista Innocente Colomba (1717 -  1801)/ Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 –1851)/ John Constable (1776 –1837)/ Alexandre Calame (1810 – 1864)/ Gustave Eugène Castan (1823 -  1892)/ Karl Heilmayer (1829 – 1908)/ Ferdinand Hodler (1853 – 1918)/ Filippo Franzoni (1857 – 1911)/ Giovanni Segantini (1858 – 1899)/ Luigi Rossi (1864 - 1890)/ Roberto Donetta (1865 – 1932)/ Edoardo Berta (1867-1931)/ Giovanni Giacometti (1868 –1933)/ Gioachimo Galbusera (1871 – 1942)/ Umberto Boccioni (1882 –1916)/ Leonardo Dudreville (1885 –1976)/ Giuseppe Foglia (1888 – 1950)/ Giovanni Bianconi (1891 – 1981)/ Luigi Taddei (1898 – 1992)/ Balthasar Burkhard (1944 – 2010)/ Matthias Brunner (1945)/ Not Vital (1948)/ Monica Studer (1960) / Christoph van den Berg (1962)/ Anders Guggisberg (1966)/ Andres Lutz (1968)/ Silvano Repetto (1968)