This section contains an overview of the most relevant exhibitions. Each item is connected to the organizing museum.

Old Masters in Basel

Hans Holbein (1497-1543), The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb , 1522. Photograph Kunstmuseum Basel. Wikipedia

The exhibition in Basel is hosting key works from Old Masters. On show are works by Konrad Witz dating back to the first half of the fifteenth century, by Holbein’s father, Hans the Elder, famous for his portraits and altarpieces, by his son (Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb and Artist’s Family), by the “Crucifixion of Mathias Grünewald”, by sacred and profane paintings by Hans Baldung Grien and by Lucas Cranach the Elder’s “Judgement of Paris”. The prominent role Swiss artists played in the emergence of the Renaissance is borne out by the Bernese painter Niklaus Manuel Deutsch and Tobias Stimmer.

A Roman Villa in Switzerland

Model of the Roman Villa. Photograph. Museum Roman Mosaics Orbe Bosceaz

Two decades of research have uncovered the vestiges of the vast antique estate in Orbe-Boscéaz, Switzerland. The place was initially known for its mosaics, but the recent discovery includes hundred rooms arranged around two peristyles: a monumental palatial building dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century, complete with all its annexes and protected by a surrounding wall measuring 400 metres by 400 metres. The new exhibition presents the mosaics with all information related to their discovery, the building of the house, the painted décor, the way of life of its inhabitants, the neighbouring Mythraeum. There is also a film showing the archaeologists’ work, complete with images of the villa in all its splendour.

Signac on the Waterfront

Cataloque exhibition. Photograph Fondation Hermitage Lausanne

The Fondation shows a collection of works by Paul Signac (1863-1935) in the exhibition ‘Signac au fil de l’eau’.  Almost 140 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings will illustrate the prolific career of this neo-Impressionist master. It nearly offers a complete panorama of Signac’s artistic development, from his early Impressionist paintings through the years of neo-Impressionism, the dazzle of Saint Tropez and flamboyant portrayals of Venice, Rotterdam and Constantinople to the late watercolours of the Ports of France series. The collection is also exceptional for the diversity of techniques on display, juxtaposing the Impressionist ardour of the studies from nature with the limpid polychromy of the pointillist paintings and the bold Japonism of the watercolours with the freedom of the plein air works.

The Princely Collection of Liechtenstein

Lucas Cranach (1472-1553), Vénus, 1531. © The Princely Collections Liechtenstein Vaduz and Vienna

Art lovers and patrons since the 16th century, the Princes of Liechtenstein have amassed one of the largest private art collections in Europe. Primarily dedicated to Western art, from the Renaissance to the late 18th century, the Princely Collections include paintings (approximately 1,700), sculptures, drawings, engravings, furniture, books and precious objects. The collection was started in the 17th century, inspired by the ideals of princely patronage of the arts, characteristic of the Baroque period, ideals which the family continue to promote today. If the majority of the Princely Collections is to be found in Vaduz, a selection is nevertheless accessible to the public in some of the other family residences, notably in Vienna: the Liechtenstein City Palace (with its neoclassical and Biedermeier style) and the Liechtenstein Garden Palace (with its Renaissance and Baroque influences).