30. January – 7. March 2004
The environs of the Kunstmuseum Thun -- the Bernese Oberland with its natural peculiarities – has certainly left its mark on the museum's collection. That collection embraces a large number of 19th century views and vedutas of Thun, and to this very day, many artists still explore the theme of the landscape. "Gesammelte Landschaften" (Collected Landscapes) focused on this central motif, showing a cross-section of the museum's collection which it complemented with several important works on loan specially for this exhibition.
Whereas in the 19th-century those forerunners of the postcard, vedutas, were very widespread and mainly comprised faithful depictions of cities or landscapes, in the 20th century artists' views of the landscape changed considerably. What has not changed to this day, however, are those natural peculiarities which have repeatedly attracted artists' attention: the Niesen or the Niederhorn peaks, the Jungfrau mountain chain, or the lakes – all of which are still important points of departure for artists. Thus for example the 38-part series of views of Lake Thun by Jean-Frédéric Schnyders (*1945) is not so much a contemporary veduta-work as an artistic concept.
The concept of the landscape which this exhibition takes into account is both broad and abstract, as witness the works by Burkhard Hilty (*1929) or Peter Willen (*1941). With his large woodcut entitled Rüschegg Franz Gertsch (*1930) takes the viewer into an intimate landscape space in which he invites him to contemplate. In the paintings by Peter Stämpfli (*1937) or Werner Ritter (*1933) we encounter important representatives of Pop Art in the 1960s and experience the landscape as seen through the windscreen of a car.
Current engagements with the theme of the landscape are to be found above all in the field of photography, for example in the works of Balthasar Burkhard (*1944), Reto Camenisch (*1958) or Christian Helmle (*1952). Often however it is not a precise landscape depiction that is to fore. Instead the theme of the landscape takes on a whole new dimension through the choice of frame or the emphasis on a particular line of vision.
Artists in the exhibition:
Johann Ludwig Aberli (CH 1723-1786), Leonhard Bantli (CH 1810-1880), William Henry Bartlett (GB 1809-1854), August Baud-Bovy (CH 1848-1899), Achilles Benz (CH 1766-1845), Samuel Birmann (CH 1793-1847), Blanchoud / Jacottet, Buhlmann, Balthasar Burkhard (CH *1944), Reto Camenisch (CH *1958), James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847), Isidor Deroy (F 1797-1886), Johann Rudolf Dikenmann (CH 1793-1883), Jean Dubois (CH 1789-1849), H. Fischer (CH 1820 - 1886), Franz Gertsch (CH *1930), Alfred Glaus (CH 1890-1971), Christian Helmle (CH *1952), Burkhard Hilty (CH *1929), Rudolf Huber (CH 1770-1844), Bernhard Huwiler (CH *1961), Kaspar Käsli (CH *1862), Daniel Lafond (CH 1763-1831), Gabriel Ludwig Lory (CH *1763), Matthias Gabriel Lory (CH 1784-1846), Karim Noureldin (CH *1967), Wilhelm Ulrich Oppermann (CH 1786-1852), Markus Rätz (CH *1941), Christoph Rheiner (CH 1774-1850), Werner Ritter (CH *1933), Ludwig Rohbock (D), Friedrich Rosenberg (1758-1833), Adolphe Rouargue (F 1810-1870),Jakob Lorenz Rüdisühli, Leon J.B. Sabatier (F 1805-1857), Johann Heinrich Schilbach, David Alois Schmid (CH 1791-1861), Franz Schmid (CH 1796-1851), Jean-Frédéric Schnyder (CH *1945),Peter Stämpfli (CH *1937), Georg Straub (CH 1805-1877), Daniel Wegelin (CH 1802-1885), Jakob Samuel Weibel (1771-1846), Johann Jakob Wetzel (CH 1781-1834), Peter Willen (CH *1941), Marquard Wocher (CH 1760-1830), Caspar Wolf (CH 1735-1783), Julius Zimmermann (D 1824-1906)