Mention the name
Oddly enough, these are only a prologue to a country that ignites the flames of artistic expression which are frequently unknown to many visitors.
To understand the art and culture of
Julius Caesar came to
By 15 BC the Romans had developed a customs post at a place called “Turicum.” Today we know it as
With the conquering of the Alps,
By the middle of the 20th century, Switzerland was home to some of the finest private art collections in the world; the Buhrle Collection in Zurich, the Oskar Reinhart Foundation in Winterthur and Thyssen-Boremisza in Lugano; all world class exhibitions featuring Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and Van Gogh to name a few.
When the city of
In 1661, the Amerbach Collection of Basel was acquired for the university, establishing the first public art museum in the world. Today, the Holbein collection combined with the works of native son, 19th century painter Arnold Bocklin, are among the highlights that contribute to Basel’s Fine Arts Museum as one of the best in the world.
The canton of Ticino has been called “a fragment of the Mediterranean on the fringes of the north” and the frescoes of Bernardino Luini in the
Lugano is also home to internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta. Among Botta’s most recent projects was renovating La Scala Opera House in
At the Swiss Alpine Museum in
In the early part of the 20th century, Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner also took his inspiration from the mountains. While living in several locations around Davos, the region provided a temporary refuge and solace in Kirchner’s deeply troubled life. Today the
Just over the mountains tucked in the corner of a hillside in
At the Olympic Museum in
It has been called “a child of the gods” where the Olympic flame burns as an eternal symbol of the games outside the museum built from white Grecian marble. Here the equipment becomes an art form all its own. It is a celebration of the games of antiquity that is both archive and learning center.
At the Fraumunster in
As art critic Judd Tully says, “
With a vibrant artistic heritage,
Art tells a story in
Art is a visual diary of the centuries. It is a footnote to history.
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