Kunsthaus Zürich
21 October 2011 to 15 January 2012
Heimplatz 1, CH–8001 Zurich
+41 44 253 84 84

This exhibiton is the first-ever exhibition of masterpieces from the private collection of the Nahmad family and features more than 100 paintings by Miró, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Monet, Magritte and many others.

Based in Monaco, the Nahmad family has been collecting great art for two generations, ranging from Impressionism to Surrealism and beyond. With a connoisseur’s eye for quality, the art-dealing family has spent decades single-mindedly acquiring paintings and sculptures.

The masterpieces that make up this unique private collection have never before been shown together. Their extraordinary quality caught the public eye when works generously loaned to the Kunsthaus were displayed as part of the hugely successful ‘Picasso’ exhibition which closed earlier this year. Indeed Picasso, with a breathtaking selection of work from all phases of his career, is one of the best-represented artists in the Nahmad Collection; but there are also Matisse, Modigliani and Kandinsky, with whole series of brilliant pieces; and Claude Monet, one of the ancestors of the modernist movement, with luminous images of his travels in the south.

With a collection numbering several hundred works to choose from, some tough decisions needed to be made. Exceptional works by Mark Rothko, Alberto Giacometti and Salvador Dalí have been omitted, and the focus of the selection lies elsewhere. It follows the orthodox canon but with some highly eclectic touches: starting with the late Impressionism of Renoir and Degas at the end of the 19th century it moves on to cover everything from Cubism and Abstraction to Surrealism.