Basel, Fondation Beyeler

The unique splendor and charm of Venice have seduced artists for centuries. Enchanted by its location on the lagoon and its beautiful palaces, churches, bridges, canals and marketplaces, they have flocked to the city nicknamed "la Serenissima" with their palettes and easels.

This exhibition brings together 150 oil and watercolor paintings by eighteenth-and nineteenth-century artists. This sees works by Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, William Turner, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Edouard Manet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Odilon Redon and Paul Signac being juxtaposed for the first time. Their depictions of Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, the gondolieri and other Venetian scenes show how the charming architecture, the special light, and the reflections in the water were hugely inspirational. A highlight is a large share of the paintings that Monet made during his sojourn in Venice in 1908.

On view in a parallel exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler are contemporary photographic works on the city by Vera Lutter and David Claerbout. This features Lutter's gelatin prints and Claerbout's black-and-white lightboxes

September 28, 2008, through January 25, 2009
77 Baselstrasse
CH-4125 Riehen / Basel
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