Surrealism Switzerland

10.0216.06.2019

MASI, in collaboration with Aargauer Kunsthaus of Aarau, is about to stage its first in-depth show on Surrealism, investigating both the influence that this fundamental 20th century movement has had on Swiss art and the contribution of Swiss artists in defining it.





Curated by Tobia Bezzola, Director and Francesca Benini, MASI, Assistant Curator

Exhibition project at Aargauer Kunsthaus curated by Peter Fischer, Art Historian and Julia Schallberger, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Assistant Curator


The exhibition comprises 100 artworks and begins with a general overview of the context and development of the Surrealist Movement through a wide and significant selection of documents and drawings. The most influential protagonists of Swiss Surrealism, including its key leaders, Hans Arp and Paul Klee, and the principle Swiss artists who influenced Surrealism are displayed. These include the members of the Parisian movement, Alberto Giacometti, Serge Brignoni, Gérard Vulliamy, Kurt Seligmann and Meret Oppenheim, and representatives of the New Art in Switzerland, Otto Abt, Max von Moos, Walter Johannes Moeschlin, Werner Schaad, Otto Tschumi and Walter Kurt Wiemken.

Book of the Exhibition
Published to coincide with the exhibition, this richly illustrated catalogue is also the definite reference to the great artistic movement of Swiss Surrealism. The book, published both in Italian and German by Snoeck, includes important contributions by art historians Peter Fischer, Stephan E. Hauser, Julia Schallberger and Hans-Peter Wittwer, and contains the biographies of all the artists featured in the exhibition.

Featured Artists
Otto Hans Abt, (1903–1982) / Hans Arp (1886–1966) / Karl Ballmer (1891–1958) / Walter Bodmer (1903–1973) / Serge Brignoni (1903–2002) / Hans Erni (1909–2015) / Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) / Henriette Grindat (1923–1986) / Paul Klee (1879–1940) / Le Corbusier (1887–1965) / Leo Leuppi (1893–1972) / Ernst Maass (1904–1971) / Walter Johann Moeschlin (1902–1961) / Max von Moos (1903–1979) / Meret Elisabeth Oppenheim (1913–1985) / Ricco (Erich Wassmer) (1915–1972) / Werner Schaad (1905–1979) / Hans Rudolf Schiess (1904–1978) / Sonja Sekula (1918–1963) / Kurt Seligmann (1900–1962) / Anita Spinelli (1908–2010) / André Thomkins (1930–1985) / Otto Tschumi (1904–1985) / Jean-Pierre Viollier (1896–1985) / Gérard Vulliamy (1909–2005) / Walter Kurt Wiemken (1907–1941)

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Surrealismo Svizzera (IT)

Catalogue

Texts by Peter Fischer and Julia Schallberger
2019 Aargauer Kunsthaus/MASI Lugano
Italian edition
Ed. Snoeck
280 pp.

ISBN 978-3-86442-252-2

Surrealismus Schweiz (DE)

Catalogue

Texts by Peter Fischer and Julia Schallberger
2019 Aargauer Kunsthaus/MASI Lugano
German edition
Ed. Snoeck
280 pp.

ISBN 978-3-86442-252-2