CONTENTS April 2012
Like the work of Damien Hirst today, Jacob Epstein’s Genesis was the subject of a media furore in Britain in the 1930s. Writing in March 1931, Thomas Leman Hare mounted a defence of what now appears to be a rather innocuous sculpture.
Art en Vieille-Ville returns this spring to Geneva’s historic Old Town, with local galleries showcasing their best work in an array of exhibitions. Elsewhere in the Swiss city, a plethora of superb satellite shows can be found.
Swiss painting has traditionally appealed to Swiss collectors, but in recent years the market has expanded to attract international buyers. Although prices are increasing, many works produced by Swiss artists are still arguably undervalued.
Despite its vulnerability to fire, damp and rot, wood is a durable material that, over time, can become almost as hard as steel. From medieval barns to 17th-century log churches, timber structures have survived across Northern Europe over centuries.
Islamic Week in London sees a wealth of Eastern and Oriental work offered, while an outstanding piece of Chelsea porcelain comes to the block at Bonhams. March saw epic Impressionist and modern sales, and a blossoming ARCOmadrid.
The proponents of the Studio Jewellery Movement were inspired by the modernist belief in the power of transformation. Their avant-garde designs – a blend of abstract shapes and bold materials – were often nothing less than one-off pieces of sculpture
Giancarlo Olgiati and his wife Danna have together built a remarkable collection that effortlessly reveals the role of the avant-garde in 20th-century art, from the dynamism of Italian Futurism to the conceptualism of Pistoletto
Active in Switzerland for most of his life, the Italian painter Giovanni Segantini drew inspiration from the Alpine landscape. His most famous depiction of the Swiss countryside – a joyous nod to the onset of spring – fuses the artist’s divisionist technique with a symbolist composition
The Swiss National Museum’s extensive archaeology holdings cover the whole of Switzerland, and are unique in a country where cantons maintain regional collections. A new exhibition at the Château de Prangins in Nyon enables a selection of these outstanding pieces to be seen in French-speaking Switzerland for the first time
Launched in 2003, the Public Catalogue Foundation is devoted to publishing every oil painting in a UK public collection. The Foundation is the brainchild of Fred Hohler, and its work over the last decade is yielding some intriguing revelations
The Wallace Collection in London holds a small yet very fine collection of Dutch art. The galleries for these works have undergone a dramatic refurbishment, resulting in vibrant, well-lit spaces that cleverly refer to the history of collecting in this area
By reuniting a small group of Chardin’s paintings and associated prints, an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, explores the artist’s subtle variations on the themes of childhood, play and adolescence within his figure scenes