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

The First Photographs of Rome

The Colloseum around 1850. Photograph Museum Vela Ligornetto.

The exhibition focuses on the earliest days of photography taking as its starting point around 150 photographs from the Marco Antonetto Collection (around 1850) . The so-called veduta painting, a detailed painting of print of a city landscape, was the examples for the earliest photographers. The exhibition illustrates the different manners in which Rome was viewed prompted by scientific research, artistic passion or professional and commercial demands. The selection displays the specificity of the earliest aspects of photography in Rome, from the first experiments with the Albumin technique, daguerreotypes, Helium- and Collodium and paper negatives, to the birth of professional photographic studios and the creation of the most popular and successful sets of images on the international market. The archaeological and historical value of these early photography is immense and the architecture and urban landscape of the ancient Roman city and the later Papal state can be viewed without the megalomaniac building activities of Mussolini after 1922.

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.