Category: Art

22. May 2019

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Art follows bombs

by Andreas Rüfenacht

On 1 April 1944, Schaffhausen was mistakenly bombed. The municipal museum lost more than 80 paintings. Then, artworks to match the scale of the losses started arriving from all over Switzerland. Even now, this level of cultural donation is testament to the huge solidarity compatriots felt for the stricken city.

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6. March 2019

Modern Age | Art

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The image of Switzerland in the time of Gottfried Keller

by Felix Graf

His, more than any other, was the hand that shaped Switzerland’s image in the 19th century: Zurich-born artist, watercolourist and art publisher Rudolf Dikenmann. His prints produced using the aquatint technique were churned out in their thousands: for travellers, collectors and members of the public.

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15. February 2019

Modern Age | Art

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From romantic drama to art foundation

by Andrej Abplanalp

As the 19th century drew to a close, Lydia Welti-Escher’s unhappy love affair led to the establishment of the Gottfried Keller Foundation. And the suicide of the daughter of magnate Alfred Escher.

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12. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Religion

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Wooden nativity scenes from the Bernese Oberland

by Andrej Abplanalp

Wooden nativity scenes from Brienz have a long tradition in Switzerland. The original design was created by Hans Huggler-Wyss in 1915.

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30. November 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Warhol, Tinguely, Polke and the escape into cursing

by Juri Steiner

What demon had taken hold of Sigmar Polke when he created his ‘Schimpftuch’ in 1968? And what statement does Tinguely’s beer bottle-smashing machine make? We don’t know. What is beyond doubt, though, is that these artworks truly defined a style.

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