“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.
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.
This 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