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

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).
 

Switzerland and Byzance


Glass with hunting party, Rhine Valley, fourth century AD © Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen

The exhibition brings together and presents the rich Byzantine heritage conserved on Swiss territory, as well as highlights the Swiss contribution to the (re) discovery of the rich byzantine legacy. The links uniting Switzerland to the exhibited works of art constitute the common thread of the show, whether coming from public or private collections, ecclesiastical treasures, archaeological digs, or else bearing witness to the interest of Swiss personalities in the world of Byzantium.

Hidden Beauties


Jean Dubuffet mixed moments, 1976. Private Collection, Courtesy Pace Gallery

Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) is one of the most unconventional artists of the second half of the 20th century. He left an academie of art in Paris as a disappointed student, because he didn’t like its methodology and classical approach. He started a successful career in the wine trade instead, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1942, at the age of 41, he started his career as artist however. He was multitalented, in music, painting, literature and languages. He succeeded in liberating himself from traditions.
In 1948 he founded the “Compagnie de l’Art Brut” (die “rohe Kunst”) which advocated working artistically outside the bounds of familiar aesthetic norms and academic training. In 1962 he developed a semi-figurative, semi-abstract artistic idiom in a large series of works he called Hourloupe. In his later work Dubuffet returned to the gestural techniques of Art Informel. The pictures he painted or scratched into surfaces of polyester resin were also inspired by the materials he used – both artificial and natural materials such as plaster, sand, glue or putty, which he applied with a palette knife, kneaded, scratched and covered with scribbles.

The Fondation presents the artist’s oeuvre on the basis of more than 100 works, starting from Dubuffet’s idea of landscape. he experimented with new techniques and materials and thereby created a wholly individual and unique visual universe.

Alongside paintings and sculptures, the exhibition is also showing Dubuffet’s spectacular Coucou Bazar, a multimedia work of art combining painting, sculpture, theatre, dance and music.

 

Delacroix and Antiquity


Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), naked man, 1820. Photograph Louvre Paris

The exhibition explores the fascination of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) with antiquity. Greek and Roman antiquity played a major role in his drawings and paintings. A set of autographs and manuscripts shows the theoretical background art in the design of this romantic artist. The museum is Delacroix’s former apartment and atelier, which are furnished and decorated as they were in his time.  This exhibition has items from the French National Library, the British Museum and the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre.
The decoration of his studio in Rue Fürstenberg, the location of the museum, is the starting point of the exhibition. Delacroix designed the decoration, emphasizing his interest in Greek and Roman antiquity. The exhibition introduces a less known Delacroix by highlighting his works in his apartment and studio and Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art.