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Cuno Amiet - A Retrospective


In honor of Cuno Amiet’s 150th birthday, bromer kunst is presenting the artist’s oeuvre with selected works of the main subjects interpreted by Amiet, such as portrait, self-portrait, harvest, still life and landscape painting.

The exhibition opened on March 28th 2018, the artist’s birthday. 



Cuno Amiet «Jüngling», 1916 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1916.40), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Blühender Obstgarten», 1916 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1916.46), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Winterlandschaft (rot)», 1928, WVZ-Nr. 1928.07, Privatsammlung Schweiz, © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Blühende Bäume», 1922 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1922.21), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Frau mit rotem Hut (Emmy)», 1893 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1893.02), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Bauerngarten», 1908 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1908.24), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Obsternte II», 1914 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1914.31), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet «Bernerin», 1949 (SIK-Katalog-Nr. 1949.06), © D. Thalmann, Aarau

Cuno Amiet - Stillleben mit Zitronen, 1908, Öl auf Leinwand, 55 x 60 cm


Exhibition views

Themenspezifisches Ausstellungskabinett zur Farbe Gelb (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Foyerbereich mit biografischen Texten und historischen Fotografien zu Cuno Amiet (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Grosser Saal mit Monumentalgemälden Amiets (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Die Wandfotografie im Raum der Stille zeigt Cuno Amiet auf der Oschwand im Jahre 1922. Im Raum ist die originale Staffelei für Plenairmalerei, ein Malstuhl sowie der Malkoffer und die Leinentasche des Künstlers ausgestellt (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Blick in den Ausstellungssaal im EG von bromer kunst (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Bildnis (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Bildnis (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Ein Ausstellungskabinett ist Anna Amiet, der Gattin und Lebensgefährtin des Künstlers, gewidmet (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Neben dem Gemälde «Die Bernerin» steht die originale Tracht, welche die Porträtierte damals trug (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Selbstbildnis (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Auch einige der selten ausgestellten Bronzebüsten von Amiet sind in der Retrospektive zu bewundern (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Landschaft (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Garten (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Garten (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Garten (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Der nachempfundene Künstlergarten der Oschwand im grossen Saal von bromer kunst - dahinter Amiets Monumentalgemälde die «Obsternte(n)» (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Die Mandoline des Künstlers aus der Pariser Zeit (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Thematischer Ausstellungsraum zum Thema Stillleben (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Cuno Amiets Arbeiten auf Papier (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

Blick in das Foyer von bromer kunst (Foto: Markus Beyeler)

About Exhibition
About Exhibition

Cuno Amiet (*28.3.1868 Solothurn, 6.7.1961 Oschwand) is one of Switzerlands most important artists up to the present day.

With his paintings he captured not only the hearts of the Swiss people but also inspired  many international artists, critics and collectors. Already during his lifetime until today, many exhibitions have been dedicated to his unique oeuvre and have pursued the goal to position him as a pioneer and a main figure in the European modern art movement.

With a retrospective exhibition commemorating his 150th anniversary, bromer kunst also wants to contribute to the recognition of this exceptional artist. More than 200 paintings, drawings, graphics and sculptures portraying his remarkable eight decades encompassing artistic work, are shown throughout the galleries 1600 m2 of exhibition space. Amiets oeuvre includes a large number of subjects and a rich variety of artistic styles, all of which are represented in this show. From portraits, landscapes and still lifes to his recurrent themes such as harvest,  laundry or paradise are on display along ten thematically curated spaces. 

In collaboration with the Fondation Cuno Amiet, the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) and a group of highly esteemed private collectors, bromer kunst wishes to celebrate the artist, – his creativity, his joy of living and his artistic transcendence. 

About artist
Cuno Amiet
Solothurn, CH, 1886 — 1961

Cuno Amiet (1868, Solothurn – 1961, Oschwand) was the first Swiss artist to prioritize colour in composition and preceded the Modern art movement in Switzerland. After completing his first self-portrait at the age of 15, Amiet became Frank Buchser’s student in 1884. During the autumn of 1886, Amiet went to Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887 he met Giovanni Giacometti, who later became his lifelong friend, and the following year they travelled to Paris together where Amiet began further studies at the Académie Julian. However, following the year 1892 Amiet became increasingly dissatisfied with his academy classes and transferred to Pont-Aven where he discovered Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh and laid the foundations for his colourist painting.
In 1894, Amiet held an exhibition in the Kunsthalle Basel, where his use of overly saturated colours was largely rejected by art critics. Later, in 1898, he was commissioned to create a portrait of Ferdinand Hodler, the subsequent connection between the two artists led to Amiet’s increased interest in Art Nouveau.
In 1905, Amiet held an exhibition at the Galerie Richter in Dresden, where the artists’ group Die Brücke became aware of him. In 1906, Erich Heckel invited Amiet to become a member of the group giving him the opportunity to be part of the first Brücke exhibition, focused on the female nude, in Dresden.
In 1914, Amiet held a solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich with 124 works on display. In 1919, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern. Today Cuno Amiet is regarded as one of the most important pioneers of classical modernism in Switzerland.