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    White Man - Black Man/ Suzanne Castille, Mangbetou woman, ca. 1925,

    © Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt

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    White Man - Black Man/ Félix Vallotton, Soldats sénégalais au camp de Mailly, 1917, Musée départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais. © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda

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    Pierre Arnaud Collection/ Ernest Biéler, Confidence à l'abri du bois (détail), 1900, collection Pierre Arnaud © D. R.

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    Pierre Arnaud Collection/ Edouard Vallet, Femme assise filant, 1909, collection Pierre Arnaud © François Bertin

  • Pierre Arnaud Collection/ Leberecht Lortet, Le Cervin, 1866, collection Pierre Arnaud © François Bertin

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    White Man - Black Man/ Figure féminine Janus surmontée d’un avion, Yoruba, Nigeria, vers 1950.

    © Collection Alain Weill

Pierre Arnaud Collection

A Swiss Passion

1er May – 14 June 2015

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation invites you to discover part of the Collection which was the reason for its creation.

Of French origin and living in Morocco, Pierre Arnaud often used to stay in the Valais before ultimately deciding to settle down there. A friend he met up on the high Crans-Montana plateau introduced him to Valaisan painting. Pierre Arnaud began by buying a number of significant works by artists of the Savièse School. He then expanded his scope to include other themes and it is in this more general spirit that his daughter Sylvie and his son-in-law, Daniel Salzmann continued to enhance the Collection. Opened in 2013, the Art Centre at Lens keeps the memory of this straightforward and generous man alive.

Entitled ”A Swiss Passion. Pierre Arnaud Collection”, the exhibition revolves around five topics: landscape, still life, interiority, intimacy and portrait. A layout of just under a hundred works highlights the sensitivity that guided the choices made in building up the Collection. From the late 19th century right up to the last decades of the 20thcentury, great names in Swiss painting rub shoulders : François Diday, Raphaël Ritz, Cuno Amiet, Félix Vallotton, René Auberjonois, Alice Bailly and Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard, as well as the artists of the Savièse School: Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Ernest Biéler, Edouard Vallet, or Charles-Clos Olsommer, Léo Andenmatten and Albert Chavaz.

The works on display exemplify the best in Swiss painting, its wealth and vitality and its involvement in the major European pictorial movements. They also show how consistently and originally these artists adopted the fashionable themes of the era.

White Man - Black Man

Impressions of Africa

27 June – 25 October 2015

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s second summer exhibition will highlight the deep relationship Western and African arts have built up over the centuries.

Since medieval times, Europeans have set up trading posts up and down the coast of Africa, providing welcome ports of call on the route to India which fostered trading in European fabrics, glass beads and metals for carved African objects and ivory.

However, it was not until the latter half of the 19th century that Europeans truly grasped the full extent of the wealth of the African continent and embarked on systematic colonization. Exploration of the vast inland areas involved the English, French, Belgians, etc., in a veritable race against time. The army would march in first, followed by the missionaries, scientists and merchants. This enthusiasm for Africa could be seen through the prism of the Great Exhibitions at the time and its influence was omnipresent, especially in art.

The exhibition presents works ranging from the 17th to the 20th century by European ‘Africanist’ artists as well as African artists. White and black would watch, discover and admire each other … offering their own view of the other and his characteristics: physical features, regalia, accessories, etc. The paintings, sculptures and photographs displayed show how, rather than revealing mutual influences, African and European arts enriched one another to generate new forms of expression.

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