A taste for Nature[Museum of Fine Arts]
The exhibition is prolonged till Oktober 30th 2011
Presented at the Rohan Palace as part of a Japanese traveling exhibition that has met with much success, this exhibition has been assembled alongside a set of paintings and graphic works (prints and drawings) chosen from among the some of the Fine Arts Museum's and the Print and Drawing Room's most beautiful pieces.
The exhibition has been designed as a walk through the history of European landscape, ranging from the Romantic period to the mid-20th century with masterpieces by Loutherbourg, Corot, Courbet, Sisley, Monet and Signac. Its aim is to show the highlights of works from the Museums of Strasbourg's collection around the major theme of landscape, closely following the diverse developments of the genre and its inventions, discoveries and the daring innovations of artists. Here for the first time works that are normally shown in separate museums have been brought together in order to echo one another.
Approximately eighty paintings are on exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum, in lieu of being organized chronologically the latter follow a theme, thereby creating an entirely new perspective. As such, the following themes have been chosen:
- the window (the very origin of the genre and its reflection)
- figures in nature (tension between narration or the portrait and landscape)
- the town (a landscape in itself, including ruins)
- water (the representation of an element situated between angst and fascination)
- the countryside (the outdoors seen through a certain modernity)
- trees (all to encircle and encompass these variations)
On view alongside the works of well-known artists we find pieces by lesser-known artists, some of which have been restored thanks to patronage.
Some eighty graphic works, all the fruit of the Print and Drawing Room and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are being presented at the Heitz Gallery. The visit is intended to spotlight the dialogue between Nature and man (artist or spectator): an exaltation of the senses; an attraction for the picturesque; idealized Landscape; the shift from observation to the subjective.
The exhibit is made complete by the programming of films (at the Aubette 1928 for a contemporary counterpoint, at the Museums' Auditorium and at the cinema Le Star) and a series of conferences (held in the Museums' Auditorium).
An attractive, non-academic catalog has been created especially for this event.
This exhibition coincides with a major exhibition organized at the Museum of Unterlinden in Colmar entitled "L'Alsace pittoresque : l'invention du paysage alsacien au XIXe siècle" / "Picturesque Alsace: the invention of Alsatian landscape in the 19th century", to underline joint cooperation between museums especially in the area of mediation. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between our museums on an international and regional level.