The artist & the window: 500 years of art

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Henri Matisse, Nice, cahier noir, 1918
Hahnloser/Jaeggli-Stiftung, Winterthur
Photo Reto Pedrini, Zurich
© Succession H. Matisse / 2013, ProLitteris, Zurich
The Swiss Fondation de l'Hermitage, in Lausanne, is currently hosting an exhibition called "Windows, from the Renaissance to the Present. Dürer, Monet, Magritte...". Artists have long been fascinated by the window, with painters using it to guide the eye towards beautiful landscapes and bring light in, or to blur the boundaries between inside and outside space. It is often seen as a subject in itself rather than a simple architectural or decorative element. 

Bernard Plossu, Marseille, 1975
© Bernard Plossu

The exhibition will present 150 master pieces from the last 500 years, and will run from 21st January to 20th May 2013. The artworks are organised by themes such as An open window, Still life and window, Inside/outside views, New perspectives, Light and shadows, amongst others. 

Pierre Bonnard, Intérieur, circa 1905
Fondation Collection E.G. Bührle
© 2013, ProLitteris Zurich

Works featured include paintings, engravings, photographies and videos by Robert Delaunay, Edvard Munch, Giorgio de Chirico, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Mark Rothko.

René Magritte, Eloge de la dialectique, 1936
Musée d’Ixelles,
Bruxelles photo Mixed Media
© 2013, ProLitteris Zurich

Piet Mondrian Composition No. Vl / Compositie 9, 1914
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (Basel)
 © 2013 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust
Markus Raetz
, Tag oder Nacht (Jour ou nuit), 1998 
Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich 
© 2013, ProLitteris Zurich