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Book launch: CUNO AMIET - exhibition catalogue

A catalogue on the exhibition «Cuno Amiet - Retrospective on his 150th anniversary» will be launched on June 16th. All of the over 200 exhibited artworks will be catalogued and depicted along descriptive texts and a comprehensive art historical essay about Cuno Amiet's life and oeuvre.

About Event
About Event

People visiting the exhibition have the chance to pre-order the exhibition catalogue on site until May 31st 2018. If people who pre-ordered the catalogue personally attend the book launch on June 16th, they get a sample for free as a gift.

About artist
Cuno Amiet
Solothurn, CH, 1886 — 1961

Cuno Amiet (28.3.1868, Solothurn - 6.7.1961, Oschwand) painted his first self-portrait at the age of 15. In 1884 he met the painter Frank Buchser, who became his teacher for the following two years. In the autumn of 1886, Amiet went to Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887 he met Giovanni Giacometti, who became his lifelong friend. The following year they travelled to Paris together and Amiet began his studies at the Académie Julian. From 1892, however, Amiet became increasingly dissatisfied with the academy classes and went to Pont-Aven, where he discovered Gauguin and van Gogh and laid the foundations for his colourism.
In 1894 he exhibited at the Kunsthalle Basel, but his use of pure colours was largely rejected by the art critics. In 1898 he was commissioned to make a portrait of Ferdinand Hodler, whereby an intense contact between these artists was created and Amiet began to be interested in Art Nouveau.
In 1905 Amiet had an exhibition at the Galerie Richter in Dresden, where the Brücke artists became aware of him. In 1906, Erich Heckel invited Amiet to become a member, and in the same year he took part in the first Brücke exhibition in Dresden.
In 1914 Amiet received a solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich with a display of 124 works. In 1919 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern. Today Cuno Amiet counts as one of the most important pioneers of classical modernism in Switzerland.