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“Windows from the Renaissance to the Present Durer, Monet, Magritte…” at Fondation de l’Hermitage, through MAY 20, 2013

The window theme has always fascinated artists across the centuries. “Windows, from the Renaissance to the Present Durer, Monet, Magritte…” offers a look at this theme, showing its significant role in Western iconography from the 15th century to the current day. The exhibition brings together more than 150 works from Swiss and European galleries, as well as from numerous, prestigious private collections.

a07908c1cfc85910d305c85d83d4a4d9b7529a95Linked to the research on perspective carried out during the Renaissance, the window has constantly been reinterpreted throughout different historical periods and artistic movements.

Until the end of the 19th century, artists used its frame to guide our eyes towards ideal landscapes, realist panoramas, or, on the contrary, to allow light to filter indoors. Many artists have subsequently integrated the window and its reflections in order to establish the limits between interior and exterior. In time, from a simple decorative element, the window has gradually become a subject itself. The window’s opening, frame and light, allow artists to explore new territories, some of which have led to the discovery of an abstract and minimalist art.

00000401_VUILLARD_Madame_Vuillard_cousantThis thematic exhibition has gathered 500 years of art history and includes major artists such as Dürer, Dou, Constable, Monet, Hammershøi, Munch, Delaunay, de Chirico, Mondrian, Jawlensky, Matisse, Duchamp, Vallotton, Ernst, Bonnard, Vuillard, Klee, Delvaux, Magritte, Picasso, Balthus, Rothko, Scully among many others. Paintings, engravings, photography and video installations create a full panorama of this compelling theme, which transcends various styles and historical periods.

Events around this exhibition:
Thursday, March 21 at 18.30
Window theme in Cinema” La fenêtre dans le cinema” (in French)
by Frédéric Maire, director of the National Film Archive / Cinémathèque Suisse

Fondation de l’Hermitage
2, route du Signal
Case postale 38
CH – 1000 Lausanne 8 Bellevaux

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm
Thursdays
from 10 am to 9 pm
Closed on Mondays


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I am originally from Bucharest, Romania and some of the things I enjoy are life, Art and Geneva. I arrived in Geneva almost a decade ago and after all these years, I am still very much in love with its size, its sunsets, the lake, its diversity and mix of cultures. I am passionate about Art because it allows me the freedom to imagine anything I want, there are no restrictions or mistakes. It’s a world where everything is possible. And I enjoy life because all those small things make me happy! I am in charge of the Art &Culture section and with my articles, I’ll try to show Biskotti readers Geneva’s cultural side through my eyes. Stay tuned!


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