Feuilles mortes. Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries from the Collection of Kunstmuseum Bern
Taking the title taken from Ernest Biéler’s painting as its point of departure, this exhibition of the collection very literally addresses the aspect of organic growth in nineteenth-century painting – engaging with both its historic development as well as the contexts in which the works were collected. In Switzerland, just as in numerous other European national states that were newly or re-founded, art in the nineteenth century became a preferred arena for debate – a trend that was accompanied by the culture sections in newspapers that were affectionately referred to as “feuilletons”. It is the epoch of industrialization, when artistic production stepped up its pace too.
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