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    Johann Heinrich Füssli, Einsamkeit im Morgenzwielicht, 1797-1799 © Kunsthaus Zürich

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    John Ruskin, Baie d'Uri, lac de Lucerne, 1858 © Ruskin Foundation

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    Caspar Wolf, Das Innere der Bärenhöle, 1778 © Kunstmuseum Solothurn

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    Kaspar Käsli, Glacier du Rhône, 1878 © Heinz Preisig, Michel Martinez

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    Théodore Géricault, Jeune Grec assis sur un rocher, 1822-23 © Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence. Bernard Terlay

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    Gustave Doré, Paysage d’Ecosse, 1875-1880 © Musée du monastère royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, cl. Hugo Maertens

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    François Diday, Paysage de montagne, s.d. © François Bertin, Grandvaux

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Romanticism

The Melancholy of Stones

December 19 2015 - April 17 2016

Romanticism swept across Europe at the end of the 18th century. Sending shockwaves from Germany and England, it shook the roots of artistic conceptions from literature to music and painting. It advocated artists’ individual freedom in reaction to the strict rules of Classicism, and substituted passion and feeling for the supremacy of ‘reason’. This ground-breaking approach was inspired by heightened awareness of human destiny and the ephemeral nature of all things, including nature’s apparently most indestructible element: stone. Man and stone meet the same fate: all will decay and return to dust. The Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s exhibition stages this double tragedy in two acts. The show begins with towering mountain peaks and soaring cathedral spires - man is the Romantic hero figure scaling summits, conquering nature and building spectacular monuments. Part Two then tells the story of the slow yet relentless deterioration: fatal erosion, storm-shattered mountains and buildings falling into ruin. The first casualty of the passing of time is man - the fallen hero who now rests beneath a stone that has become his tomb. Highlighting an original and hitherto unexplored theme, the show brings together works by some of the great European Romantic artists such as Alexandre Calame, Carl Gustav Carus, François Diday, Gustave Doré, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Théodore Géricault, Francisco Goya, Victor Hugo, Philips James Loutherbourg, John Ruskin, Caspar Wolf, etc.


Exhibition view

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Multimedia - Fashioning a Landscape

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation proposes a repeat of its successful multimedia projections especially created for previous exhibitions by the Foundation’s team with On-Situ, its partner for digital mediation. This time, the projection is entitled “Fashioning a Landscape”. Through various archival documents, such as extracts from illustrated travelogues and reproductions of painted and printed works, the visitor will discover how an impressive new image of the mountains emerged during the 19th century.

In collaboration with Viaticalpes, a UNIL (Lausanne University) project, Claude Reichler et Daniela Vaj. The database viatimages was built up thanks to the following libraries:

Bibliothèque Nationale Suisse

Bibliothèque de la Bourgeoisie de Berne

Bibliothèque de Genève

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne

Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel

Médiathèque Valais – Sion


The Catalogue

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation develops a research policy that aims to highlight interesting and sometimes unusual aspects of art history and anthropology. The Foundation calls on well-known specialists to prepare its exhibitions and catalogues and sets up a specific scientific committee for each event.  

The exhibition catalogue "Romantisme. Mélancolie des pierres" is published in French. Produced by the FAVRE publishing house, it is distributed internationally. Designed as an iconic book-object conveying the spirit of the Pierre Arnaud Foundation, the catalogue combines high-level scientific content with a refined graphic identity and a particularly handy format. 

the exhibition catalogue provides a rich source for reflection on the subject of the exhibition. In keeping with the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s ambitious editorial policy, authorship of articles was entrusted to leading international specialists whose different approaches enhance each other. Enjoyable to read, richly illustrated and scientifically rigorous, it is intended for simple art-lovers as well as more demanding enthusiasts. 

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Editions FAVRE. 2015. 180 x 240 mm, 176 pages, 114 illustrations. Softcover. In French only.

ISBN 978-2-8289-1535-3

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Scientific Comittee

Composed of nationally and internationally well-known specialists, the Scientific Committee advises the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s various organs on their scientific and museological plans, more particularly regarding the conception of exhibitions and other cultural events. A specific panel is set up for each event.

  • Greg Sullivan, curator at the Tate Britain British Art 1750-1830 department, London
  • Ian Warrell, former curator at the Tate Britain, expert on Joseph Mallord William Turner and his travels in Switzerland
  • Oskar Bätschmann, art historian, professor at the University of Berne, expert on the Neun Briefe über Landschaftsmalerei. of Carl Gustav Carus
  • Claude Reichler, professor at the University of Lausanne, expert on the alpin landscape history, author of  Les Alpes et leurs imagiers. Voyage et histoire du regard
  • Florian Rodari, self-employed curator, editor, former director of the museum l'Elysée de Lausanne, curator of many exhibitions devoted to Victor Hugo
  • Christian Corvisier, architecture historian, curator of the exhibition "Rêve de monuments" at the Conciergerie in Paris, nov. 2012-feb. 2013
  • Baldine Saint Girons, philosopher, member of the Institut Universitaire de France, expert on the concept of "sublime"
  • Alexis Drahos, researcher and art historian, author of the thesis  "Théories scientifiques et représentations du paysage dans l'Art occidental de la première moitié du 19ème siècle"
  • Olivier Lefeuvre, expert by the Old Master & Early British Paintings Departement by Christie's, France, expert on the painter Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
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