manifesto-from matisse to the blue rider-englAlright… it is not exactly “contemporary”. Nevertheless it is an event worth of note, especially for art-lovers and exhibition-goers who do not give up on Art even when the weather is amazing after a cold winter.

This exhibition, outcome of a joint-venture between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kunsthaus Zürich in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, tries to challenge the common assumption that sees Expressionism as German movement, rather than an international artistic dialogue between artists from all over Europe.

The results is remarkable as – through the 77 paintings and 30 graphic works by 38 artists, borrowed from public and private collections in and outside Europe – the visitors are guided through a path of dreamy buttery Signac’s landscapes to violently happy and powerful Matisse and Jawlensky’s portraits and scenes. In the tales that gradually emerge at each and every steps across the rooms of the Kunsthaus’s first floor, it is clear as wars are always steering situations and make many lives crossing paths in unexpected ways. In these puzzle of repression and global political changes, Zurich has been a place of temporary solace and cultural encounters.


Not only Matisse though, but also Kirchner, Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Gauguin and many others that through their colors and passionate strokes, give many a good reason to come to Zurich and check this event out.

Do you come from outside Zurich? Lucky you… Switzerland thinks about everything: the Swiss National Railways (SBB) offers a special “Kombi” price when you buy a train ticket as well as the exhibition ticket – no excuses, you save 10%! What do you want more? Perhaps more info? More info on the SBB website.

Kunsthaus is centrally located in Zurich, close to the lake and many nice bars and cafes. The museum is usually open from 10 am to 6 pm BUT on Wednesdays it is open until 8 pm, in case you would like to skip the crowd of weekends.

“From Matisse to the Blue rider. Expressionism in Germany and France”

From 7 February to 11 May 2014 @ Kunsthaus Zürich