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Ferdinand Hodler was considered one of Switzerland's most renowned artists already during his lifetime. To celebrate the centenary of his decease, the Kunstmuseum Bern, jointly with the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève, is mounting a special exhibition that investigates this remarkable painter from the novel perspective of parallelism.

The show is neither a retrospective nor a themed exhibition. Instead, it centres on the simple and effective theory of parallelism. According to Hodler, trees that line a path or mountains mirrored in a lake follow patterns of parallel motifs and lines. This is an order that can be found in nature, which Hodler pursued by accentuating various principles
of composition such as symmetry and repetition. In this way he created a powerful and unique visual vocabulary.

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