This exclusive exhibition features 100 masterpieces from a unique private collection that are being shown together in public for the very first time. Five different artistic periods between 1870 and 1970, illustrated by large groups of works, can clearly be identified. The exhibition does not set out to present every facet of the art of this period, but will focus on Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Abstraction, Surrealism, and Picasso.
"Miró, Monet, Matisse – The Nahmad Collection"
Based in Monaco, the Nahmad family has been collecting great art for two generations, ranging from Impressionism to Surrealism and beyond; indeed, now in its second generation, their patronage has seen the family name appear frequently in some of the more spectacular auctions of recent times.
Now, for the first time ever, one hundred major pieces from what is thought to be a one-of-a-kind private collection are to go on show in an exclusive exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich. Picasso, with a breathtaking selection of work from all phases of his career, is one of the best-represented artists in the collection; but there are also Matisse, Modigliani and Kandinsky, with whole series of brilliant pieces; and Claude Monet, one of the ancestors of the modernist movement, with late, luminous images of his travels in the south.
But although the Nahmad Collection is ostensibly committed to the orthodox canon, it has its eclectic touches too, including works by proponents of late Impressionism (Renoir, Degas and Seurat) at the end of the 19th century, through advocates of Cubism and Abstract Art all the way to the Surrealists: Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst rub shoulders with exceptional pieces by Joan Miró, for a truly astonishing tour of some great moments in modern art. The Nahmad Collection!
Image: Henri Matisse, Portrait au manteau bleu, 1935, The Nahmad Collection, © 2011 Succession H. Matisse / ProLitteris, Zurich
Press Preview: Thursday, 20 October 2011, 11 p.m.
Heimplatz 1 - Zurich
Sat/Sun/Tues 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed–Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Adults: CHF 14.00/10.00 (concessions) incl. Audio Guide (German/English/French/Italian)