Past exhibitions

Treasures from the Fondation des Treilles

21.01 – 29.05.2022

In early 2022 the Fondation de l’Hermitage will be privileged to host Switzerland’s first exhibition featuring a selection of the greatest masterpieces from the Fondation des Treilles, based in the southern French village of Tourtour. Created by the visionary patron Anne Gruner Schlumberger (1905-1993), this collection includes works by Hans Arp, Georges Braque, Victor Brauner, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, François-Xavier Lalanne, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso and Takis. The Lausanne exhibition will feature around a hundred paintings, drawings, engraving, sculptures and objects, offering visitors a unique opportunity to admire these treasures outside their usual setting and to explore the taste, personality and artistic friendships of one of the 20th century’s most illustrious collectors.

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Hans Emmenegger (1866-1940)

25.06 – 31.10.2021

In a first for French-speaking Switzerland, the Fondation de l’Hermitage hosted a major retrospective of Lucerne-based painter Hans Emmenegger (1866-1940). An artist of great originality in both his choice of subjects and the boldness of his compositions, Emmenegger is now regarded as one of the most important Swiss painters of his day.

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Masterpieces of the Bemberg collection

02.03 – 30.05.2021

The Fondation de l’Hermitage was privileged to show a selection of the greatest masterpieces from the prestigious private collection of Georges Bemberg (1915-2011). Bemberg was an illustrious collector and man of letters, born into a family of German origin who had settled in Argentina in the mid-19th century. In the course of his lifetime he built up one of his period’s most important collections of paintings, drawings and objets d’art.

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Art and Cinema

04.09.2020 – 03.01.2021

The Fondation de l’Hermitage joined forces with the Cinémathèque Française and Réunion des Musées Métropolitains Rouen Normandie to open a new chapter in its exploration of modern art, looking at the links between fine art and the great visual revolution of the 20th century brought about by cinema.

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Canada and impressionism

24.01 – 24.05.2020

This exhibition, staged in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, shows how Canadian painters discovered the Impressionist revolution in France in the late 19th century, and how it influenced their style and subjects. When the artists returned to their home country, the inspiration many had found in Impressionism proved key to the emergence of modern Canadian painting.

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Shadows

28.06 – 27.10.2019

Following its Windows exhibition of 2013, the Fondation de l’Hermitage pursued its exploration of major themes of western iconography by inviting its visitors to discover the many facets of shadow. The exhibition featured an entirely new selection of some 140 works embracing 500 years of art history and a very diverse range of artistic forms, including painting, installation, sculpture, prints, drawings, cut-outs, photography and video.

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English painting

01.02 – 02.06.2019

The Fondation de l’Hermitage staged a major exhibition on painting in the Victorian period (1837-1901), illustrating the variety and fascinating originality of 19th-century English art through a selection of nearly 60 works, most of which had not previously been shown in Switzerland.

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Manguin

22.06 – 28.10.2018

La Fondation de l’Hermitage presented a major exhibition on the work of Henri Manguin (1874-1949), an artist who loved colour and whom the poet Apollinaire called the “voluptuous painter”. The focus was on Manguin’s Fauvist period, when he shared the audacity of his fellow artists in the group and sometimes surpassed them in the quest for new means of expression through the use of colour. With their sumptuous chromatic harmonies, the paintings from this period reflect Manguin’s rare talent and creativity.

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Pastels from the 16th to the 21st century

02.02 – 21.05.2018

The Fondation de l’Hermitage showcased the fascinating medium of pastel, in which painting and drawing meet. Inspired by Dancers Resting, the famous pastel by Degas donated to the Fondation de l’Hermitage twenty years earlier, this exhibition featured 150 masterpieces from public and private collections in Switzerland. Works covering five centuries, from the early Renaissance masters to contemporary artists, provided a historical overview of this singular technique.

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Masterpieces of the Bührle Collection

07.04 – 29.10.2017

The Fondation de l’Hermitage was privileged to show the Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures of one of the world’s most prestigious private collections. The Bührle collection features masterpieces by key artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Monet’s Poppies near Vétheuil (c. 1879), Cézanne’s Boy in a Red Waistcoat (c. 1888) and Van Gogh’s Sower with Setting Sun (1888).

Basquiat, Dubuffet, Soulages…

24.06 – 30.10.2016

In the summer of 2016, the Fondation de l’Hermitage’s large exhibition showcased one of the finest private collections in Europe, exclusively shown in Lausanne. Comprising over a hundred paintings, sculptures and installations, it gave visitors an unprecedented insight into western art of the 20th and 21st centuries. This extraordinary collection, at once coherent and remarkably diverse, had been assembled since the 1950s by an impassioned connoisseur and had never before been shown to the public.

Signac

29.01 – 22.05.2016

In 2016, 29 January–22 May, the Fondation de l’Hermitage showed a very prestigious selection of works by Paul Signac (1863-1935), illustrating the prolific career of this Neo-Impressionist master in nearly 140 paintings, watercolours and drawings.

Marius Borgeaud

26.06 – 25.10.2015

La Fondation de l’Hermitage presented a major retrospective of the work of Marius Borgeaud, one of the most important figures in early 20th century art in the canton of Vaud. Active mainly in France, Borgeaud was born in Lausanne in 1861 and remains very popular in Switzerland.

From Raphaël to Gauguin

06.02 – 25.05.2015

The Fondation de l’Hermitage had the rare privilege to exhibit the private collection of Genevan Jean Bonna. This exceptional and highly coherent group of works, mostly on paper, was assembled over time to be viewed and enjoyed, and was not intended to be exhaustive.

Painting America

27.06 – 26.10.2014

In the summer of 2014, to mark it’s 30th anniversary, the Fondation de l’Hermitage presented an exceptional exhibition of 19th-century American painting, with a focus on landscape, portraits and still lifes from the period 1830–1900, most of which had not previously been shown in Europe.

Diderot’s taste

07.02 – 01.06.2014

As part of the celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Denis Diderot (1713-1784), the Fondation de l’Hermitage had the pleasure of presenting an exhibition focusing on the famous French philosopher and his relationship to art. The event was organised jointly with the Musée Fabre in Montpellier and featured an exceptional selection of the paintings, engravings and drawings that Diderot had admired at the temporary exhibitions of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, known as the Salons and held at the Louvre, and which he discussed in reviews written in the years 1759–1781.

Miró

28.06 – 27.10.2013

The Fondation de l’Hermitage hosted an exceptional collection of 80 works by Joan Miró (1893-1983) from the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, which holds a major part of the legacy of the artist and his wife. The exhibition focused on Miró’s mature works, painted in the last thirty years of his life in the studio in Mallorca, where he lived from 1956 until his death.

Windows

25.01 – 20.05.2013

Artists have always been fascinated by windows. With the exhibition Fenêtres, de la Renaissance à nos jours. Dürer, Monet, Magritte…, the Fondation de l’Hermitage invited visitors to explore the primordial place of windows in western iconography, from the 15th century to the present day. The event was organised jointly with the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and Museo d’Arte, Lugano, and featured over 150 works from institutions in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, and also from prestigious private collections.

Contemporary… or?

09.11 – 16.12.2012

This exhibition exclusively hosted by the Fondation de l’Hermitage featured works from the culturally important BCV (Banque Cantonale Vaudoise) collection, which foregrounds contemporary art. Visitors were given the opportunity to discover around a hundred works by artists linked to the canton of Vaud, from the 20th century to the present day.

Asger Jorn

22.06 – 21.10.2012

Following its exhibitions on Alberto Giacometti (2002), André Derain (2003) and Edward Hopper (2010), in the summer of 2012 the Fondation de l’Hermitage offered insights into another major modern artist, with the first exhibition in French-speaking Switzerland on the painter Asger Jorn (1914-1973), regarded as the greatest Danish artist of the 20th century. This event also marked a return to the theme of the 2005 exhibition Impressions of the North. Scandinavian Painting 1800-1915, which had enabled the Fondation’s visitors to explore the extraordinary vitality of 19th -century nordic painting.

Exploring collections…

27.01 – 20.05.2012

Through a selection of some 100 works, the exhibition Exploring Collections, from Tiepolo to Degas offered visitors a new approach to the seldom shown collection of the Fondation de l’Hermitage. The museum’s masterpieces (Tiepolo, Bocion, Sisley, Degas, Vuillard, Vallotton, Valadon, Braque, Magritte, etc.) were displayed alongside other, often largely unseen treasures of Swiss public and private collections, in a new and novel dialogue.

Van Gogh, Bonnard, Vallotton…

24.06 – 23.10.2011

The major summer exhibition of 2011 at the Fondation de l’Hermitage showcased the Hahnloser collection, one of Europe’s most prestigious private collections and exceptional in many respects. Arthur Hahnloser (1870-1936) and his wife Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler (1873-1952) collected the works in Winterthour in the period 1905–1936, through their meetings and friendships with many artists, including Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti, Félix Vallotton and Pierre Bonnard, who introduced the Hahnlosers to the Paris art scene, helping and guiding them in their purchases.

El Modernismo

28.01 – 29.05.2011

The Fondation de l’Hermitage hosted a major exhibition on Spanish art at the dawn of the 20th century. The central focus was on painters of the “generation of 1898” that emerged out of the extremely turbulent events experienced by Spain throughout the 19th century, and the development of their artistic careers. Their works combine modernity with a respect for tradition, reflecting the new openness of the Spanish avant garde at that time.

La maison et l’infini

05.11 – 12.12.2010

The exceptional pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra since 2000. He will be sixty this year and the Fondation de l’Hermitage is joining tributes paid to him on this special occasion by entrusting its galleries to the great musician for several weeks.

Edward Hopper

25.06 – 17.10.2010

An incomparable observer of American society and the social transformations it underwent in the 20th century, Edward Hopper is the quintessential representative of the American painting of his period. Learning from the great masters of light, such as Vermeer, he soon stood out within the American avant garde by working in the realist tradition. A painter of small towns and apparently everyday scenes, Hopper favoured quiet, familiar and often empty places. His strangely silent paintings have an indefinable air of mystery.

100 Masterpieces from the Städel Museum

05.02 – 24.05.2010

This exhibition opened with Tischbein’s famous 1787 portrait of the poet Goethe, an iconic work of German Romantic painting, before moving on to celebrate French 19th century art, from realist landscapes by Corot and Courbet to Renoir’s Impressionist portraits, with their vibrant light, and Degas’ boldly arranged Musicians in the Orchestra. The exhibition’s highpoints included the visions of the Symbolist artists (Böcklin, Ensor, Moreau, Munch, Redon), with their mystical echoes, resonating with a selection of intimist paintings by the Nabis (Bonnard, Vallotton, Vuillard).

Shared passions

26.06 – 25.10.2009

Bacon, Baselitz, Braque, Bonnard, Calder, Cézanne, Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Derain, Dubuffet, Ernst, Francis, Giacometti, Hodler, Kiefer, Klee, Klein, Léger, Magritte, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Richter, Rothko, Rouault, Signac, Soulages, Vallotton, Van Velde, Vlaminck, Warhol… All these artists and many more were featured in this wonderful exhibition that led visitors on a tour of the high peaks of modern art, from Impressionism to abstract expressionism.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

13.02 – 24.05.2009

The Fondation de l’Hermitage was privileged to host an exceptional exhibition on Over The River, a work in progress by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. This project to cover a discontinuous 64.5 km section of the Arkansas river in Colorado (USA) with canvas panels had been underway since 1992, with the final stage scheduled for 2012, but ultimately remained unrealised The extraordinary exhibition was part of the Fondation’s strand on the great figures of contemporary art.

Italian painting from the Renaissance to the 18th century

27.06 – 26.10.2008

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, in the Italian region of Lombardy, is important both as an art school and as a museum, with a huge display of art dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. This impressive collection of over 1800 works was enhanced by several famous collectors, including Count Guglielmo Lochis and the great art historian and connoisseur Giovanni Morelli.

Victor Hugo

01.02 – 18.05.2008

This exhibition of an extraordinary collection of some 90 drawings presented at the Fondation de l’Hermitage revealed the astounding modernity of the graphic art by the Romantic genius Victor Hugo (1802-1885) who, in addition to producing one of the 19th century’s greatest literary oeuvres, also made a very great number of drawings throughout his life.

Fantin-Latour

29.06 – 28.10.2007

In a first for Switzerland, the Fondation de l’Hermitage showcased the work of the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour, one of the most eminent artists of the second half of the 19th century. Fantin-Latour moved away from the mid-century realism exemplified by his former teacher Courbet, and, like his Impressionist contemporaries, sought to develop a painting style in which formal aspects were more important than the motif. However, rather than finding subjects in nature and paint outdoors, he preferred to work in the privacy of his Paris studio.

Belgium revealed

25.01 – 28.05.2007

This exhibition at the Fondation de l’Hermitage offered an overview of late-19th-century Belgian art, the first of its kind in Switzerland. It showcased the groups Les XX and Libre Esthétique, which, in the course of thirty years, nurtured some of the most innovative painters of the European avant garde. The exhibition comprised around a hundred paintings and drawings, showing the major artists of the period in the context of the main artistic movements that marked these crucial years: Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism, Symbolism and Expressionism.

Baselitz

30.06 – 29.10.2006

The German painter Georg Baselitz is a major contemporary artist who was showcased at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in the summer of 2006. Around a hundred oils, drawings, engravings and sculptures, mostly from the artist’s personal collection, offered a more fundamental, personal view of his intense art, and its parallels with the work of great artists from Picasso to Bacon.

Masterpieces from the musée Fabre, Montpellier

27.01 – 05.06.2006

Pursuing its explorations of great collections, the Fondation de l’Hermitage was privileged to host more than 130 works from the Musée Fabre in the Communauté d’Agglomération de Montpellier. This museum was founded in 1828 and, through many donations and a dynamic acquisition policy, has built up one of the largest public collections in France.

Caillebotte

24.06 – 23.10.2005

This retrospective featuring around a hundred paintings, pastels and drawings showcased the fundamental contribution to Impressionism made by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). A painter – he took part in the Impressionist group’s exhibitions 1876–1882 – collector and patron, Caillebotte played a key role within the movement. He gave unfailing support to his friends Renoir and Monet and was actively involved in the emergence of the “new painting”.

Impressions of the North

27.01 – 22.05.2005

This exhibition featuring over a hundred works by Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish artists shed new light on nordic painting. In the 19th century the region’s art developed in fascinatingly original directions, in tandem with its literature, through Ibsen and Strindberg, and its music, with Grieg and Sibelius.

Treasures of precolombian ceramics

24.06 – 24.10.2004

In the summer of 2004 the Fondation de l’Hermitage presented around a hundred pre-Colombian ceramics from the prestigious collection of the Museo Barbier-Mueller, Barcelona. The exhibition reflected the key role played by ceramics in pre-Hispanic cultures, enabling visitors to discover objects from all over the Americas, from the southern United States to Peru, most of which had never before been shown and the oldest among them dating back to 1500 BCE.

From Greco to Delacroix

30.01 – 31.05.2004

After hosting treasures from museums in Barcelona (1986), Liège (1988), Lyon (1989) and Grenoble (1992), the Fondation de l’Hermitage pursued its exploration of great public art collections with a selection of around a hundred paintings and drawings from the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens. A dynamic acquisitions policy and many donations have ensured that the National Gallery (Athens), founded in 1900, now has over 10,000 works.

František Kupka

27.06 – 12.10.2003

In 2003 the Fondation de l’Hermitage presented an exhibition on Czech painter and draughtsman František Kupka (1871-1957). Fascinated by light and movement, Kupka was one of the original founders of Fauvism, and later of cubism, before turning to pure painting and non-figuration in 1910. The exhibition provided a unique opportunity to discover a remarkable selection of Kupka’s works – over a hundred paintings, pastels, drawings and engravings – held at the Pompidou Centre, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.

André Derain (1880-1954)

14.03 – 09.06.2003

Organised jointly with the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia, Spain, this exhibition shed new light on the work of André Derain. It presented the four most important aspects of the French artist’s vast and varied output: Fauvism, early analytic cubism, neoclassicism and primitivism.

The Hermitage collections

24.01 – 23.02.2003

Twenty years after its creation, the Fondation de l’Hermitage collection included nearly 800 works. A selection of these were presented to the public to mark the opening of the Fondation’s new conservation and exhibition spaces.

American impressionism

07.06 – 20.10.2002

Since its inaugural exhibition of 1984, Impressionism in the Collections of French-Speaking Switzerland, the Fondation de l’Hermitage has repeatedly focused on the revolution that transformed the arts in the late 19th century. With American Impressionism 1880-1915, it updated approaches to the Impressionist movement that emerged in France, by showing how it developed in the Americas.

Alberto Giacometti

01.02 – 12.05.2002

As the highpoint of events celebrating the centenary of the birth of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), the Fondation de l’Hermitage presented an exhibition centring on the prestigious collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, on its first outing outside the UK.

Picasso, Klee, Dubuffet…

01.06 – 26.08.2001

In the summer of 2001 the Fondation de l’Hermitage hosted the first public exhibition of the Jean Planque (1910-1998) collection, one of the most important private collections in Switzerland. A painter himself, with many painter friends, Planque was also an adviser to the Beyeler gallery in Basel for over fifteen years and built up his collection gradually over time.

Jawlensky en Suisse (1914 -1921)

26.01 – 13.05.2001

This exhibition focused on the years 1914–1921, when the Russian artist Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) was in Switzerland. This was a key period for the painter, during which he moved away from the expressive style of his early works and adopted a form of figuration in which interiority plays a major part.

Eugène Boudin

07.07 – 15.10.2000

Eugène Boudin (1824 -1898) was a painter of skies and water, known for his Normandy landscapes, seascapes and beach scenes. This exhibition, the first of its kind in Switzerland, was jointly organised with the Langmatt Foundation, Baden.

Auguste Chabaud

25.02 – 28.05.2000

This exhibition featuring nearly 100 paintings and over 50 drawings provided a retrospective overview of the work of Auguste Chabaud, born in Nîmes in 1882. In 1899 Chabaud went to Paris, where he was fascinated by city’s bustle and aggressive modernity, while remaining deeply attached to his native Provence, with its slow, immutable rhythms of rural life. This tension between the extremes of Paris and the South of France, where he settled for good after the First World War, gave rise to a highly original and powerful body of work.

Victor Brauner ou l’enchantement surréaliste

09.07 – 10.10.1999

Designed by the Fondation de l’Hermitage and exclusively shown in Lausanne, this exhibition provided a retrospective overview of the work of Victor Brauner (1903-1966). It featured important loans from French public collections, including that of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, and also from Swiss and French private collections.

The Golden Age of English watercolour

22.01 – 24.05.1999

This exhibition on the subtle, intimate world of English watercolour offered a vast panorama ranging from innovative 18th-century artists to the Victorian period’s virtuosi of a technique much valued in Britain.

Futurism Italy and modernity, 1909-1944

10.07 – 11.10.1998

This exhibition shed light on the history of futurism, an avant garde movement that emerged in 1909 with the publication of the Futurist Manifesto by the Italian poet Marinetti and spearheaded by the painters Balla, Boccioni, Carrà, Russolo and Severini, all of whom promoted a new aesthetics based on progress, machines and speed.

Pointillisme. Sur les traces de Seurat

23.01 – 01.06.1998

Du Greco à Mondrian. Une collection privée suisse

24.01 – 25.05.1997

Charles Camoin (1879-1965). Sous le signe de Cézanne et du fauvisme

27.06 – 05.10.1997

Cartier. Splendeurs de la joaillerie

22.03 – 16.06.1996

Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927). Un maître de l’impressionnisme français

12.07 – 20.10.1996

 

Jean-Louis Forain

20.10.1995 – 07.01.1996

 

Édouard Marcel Sandoz

24.02 – 14.05.1995

Andy Warhol. Rétrospective Collection José Mugrabi

25.05 – 01.10.1995

 

Les peintres de Zborowski. Modigliani, Utrillo, Soutine…

24.06 – 30.10.1994

La nouvelle vague. Estampes japonaises

11.02 – 22.05.1994

Collections du musée

26.10.1993 – 30.01.1994

Monet et ses amis

28.05 – 10.10.1993

Diaghilev et les Ballets russes

02.04 – 23.05.1993

De David à Picasso. Chefs-d’œuvre du Musée de Grenoble

16.10.1992 – 21.03.1993

Odilon Redon. Collection Woodner

22.05 – 27.09.1992

50 ans d’art vaudois 1890-1940

14.02 – 10.05.1992

L’Équateur. La terre et l’or

25.10.1991 – 26.01.1992

Bonnard

07.06 – 13.10.1991

Avati. Gravures, dessins, pastels, sculptures

22.02 – 20.05.1991

Bocion. Du Léman à Venise

07.09.1990 – 03.02.1991

Le corps et l’esprit. Trésors de la Grèce antique

02.03 – 22.07.1990

Brianchon

13.10.1989 – 28.01.1990

Daumier. Lithographe et sculpteur

17.03 – 21.05.1989

Chefs-d’œuvre du Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

09.06 – 24.09.1989

Chefs-d’œuvre des Musées de Liège

24.11.1988 – 12.03.1989

Marquet

12.02 – 05.06.1988

L’or du Pérou

17.06 – 30.10.1988

Hommage aux donateurs. La vie secrète de Salvador Dalí

19.03 – 24.05.1987

Magritte

19.06 – 18.10.1987

Trésors de Barcelone. Picasso, Miró, Dalí et leur temps

10.10 – 28.12.1986

Rodolphe Théophile Bosshard

22.03 – 01.06.1986

De Breughel à Guardi. Collection Bentick-Thyssen

27.06 – 28.09.1986

Chefs-d’œuvre de la Collection du Reader’s Digest

05.12.1985 – 10.01.1986

De Cézanne à Picasso dans les collections romandes

15.06 – 20.10.1985

Chefs-d’œuvre de la Collection Florence Gould

15.02 – 12.03.1985

L’impressionnisme dans les collections romandes

17.06 – 31.10.1984