The focus of the collection at the Graubünden Art Museum is on Swiss art with reference to the canton Graubünden, and for several years now also on international contemporary art relevant to the mountain canton. Part of this is the impact of the mountain landscape as well as the interplay between emigration and tourism. Mountains are places of myths but also of conquest. When the English travelled through Europe during their “Grand Tour” they discovered the Alps as being a spectacular site for their adventures. Today’s identity of the Alpine region is significantly characterised by this external viewpoint.
While artists grapple with vistas, panoramas, topographies and specific places, they also shape our ideas of landscape. In the collection presentation TRANSVERSAL, which includes selected items on loan, various aspects of landscape representations are thematised.
With works among others by Giro Annen, Guido Baselgia, Otto Dix, Gerber/Bardill, Giovanni and Alberto Giacometti, Michel Grillet, Ferdinand Hodler, Monica Ursina Jäger, Heiner Kielholz, Anne Loch, Jules Spinatsch, Jürg Stäuble, Albert Steiner.
On Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th of November 2019 in the context of and in dialogue with this exhibition there is a two-day public symposium on the subject of landscape with experts from different disciplines. The detailed programme will follow.