Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos

«I wish to remain in the world and for the world. The high mountains here will help me.»
E. L. K.

After his artistic experiences in Dresden and Berlin, which established him as one of the leading figures of German expressionism, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner retired to Davos in 1917, traumatized by World War I and in a life-threatening condition. The health resort in the Grisons, initially seen as a short-term escape, soon became a place of salvation and healing in which he experienced a personal and artistic rebirth.
The exhibition Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos, hosted by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation and organized in cooperation with the Kirchner Museum Davos and the Archive of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s entire oeuvre, Wichtrach/Bern, falls on the centenary of the artist’s move to Switzerland and is a rare occasion to admire in Italy the magnificent works he produced after 1917. The Swiss Alps became the substitute for vibrating urban life; the monumental mountain panoramas replaced the sensory overload of Berlin’s nightlife.

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Paul Wiedmer

Paul Wiedmer. Iron. Forms. Energy
From 15 April to 28 May 2017
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation
Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (LI)
Open daily from 4 to 8 pm. Free admission
Opening: Saturday 15 April, 5 pm

The Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer explores the possibilities of synthesis between heavy industry products – cast iron and steel – and all things natural and vegetable. Everything is subject to the constant law of change, everything is moved by a profound harmony that the artist explores through the organic forms of the metal, and sometimes the use of fire and mechanical movement.

The exhibition Paul Wiedmer. Iron. Forms. Energy, from 15 April to 28 May at the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation, presents the series of the Objets boudlés, formed by twenty-six works completed between 1974 and 1976 with scrap metal, discovered and unearthed in the cantons of Switzerland with the help of a metal detector and assembled according to the place of origin. Also on show are Lava (2015) and the installation Stützen der Gesellschaft, created between 2011 and 2016 and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Pillars of Society.

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viaggio nel cosmo

3 December 2016 – 19 February 2017
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation
Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (LI)
Open daily from 4 to 8 pm. Free admission
Opening: 3 December, 5 pm

Journey through the Cosmos takes visitors on a discovery tour of the Universe, to the real place as well as to the realm of fantasy. Organized by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation, the exhibition outlines the history of astronomy through the display of scientific instruments and ancient sky maps, as well as literary, cinematic, and artistic works inspired by the observation of space long before man could actually reach it. The final section of the exhibition deals with the physical conquest of the frontiers of the cosmos, showing how reality can sometimes meet and exceed the expectations of imagination.

From time immemorial, humans have been looking to the sky in search of answers: signs of the benevolence of the gods, the right path to distant lands, clues about their origins, and the structure on which the creation is based. Space has been a metaphysical concept, a religious mystery, and the goal of the striving of man whose discoveries and conquests have surpassed human imagination. The exhibition Journey through the Cosmos aims to illustrate the full extent of this effort and the depth of the relationship between man and the heavenly vault.

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Egg Cubism Enno de Kroon

9 July – 18 September 2016
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation – Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (Livorno)
Daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission

The Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation is pleased to host the first solo show in Italy of Dutch artist Enno de Kroon. The exhibition, entitled «Eggcubism. The two-and-a-half-dimensional art», features a rich selection of works produced in a period of twelve years and coming from thirteen European collections. De Kroon, who lives and works in Rotterdam, makes sculpture paintings from egg trays, a «poor», humble material that would otherwise be sent for pulping. «Eggcubism» is the original technique invented and exported throughout the world by De Kroon himself, it is reminiscent of cubism and takes it to an almost three-dimensional level.

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Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1946, is definitely lesser known for his activity as a painter than for his literary masterpieces, from Demian to Narcissus and Goldmund, from Siddharta to The Glass Bead Game. The exhibition organized by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation and curated by the Art Director, Alessandro Schiavetti, presents the more intimate, hidden side of an all-round artist who found relief from his existential distress in pictorial expression. On the advice of his psychoanalyst, a disciple of Carl Gustav Jung, Hesse was initially reluctant to start using colours and brushes, but then he felt so relieved that painting became his preferred activity. Fascinated by the beauty of nature and attracted by the expressive power of colour, Hesse painted over three thousand watercolours during his life, mainly depicting dreamy, brightly coloured landscapes in Ticino, but he also illustrated small volumes and booklets of poems.

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