Kunsthaus Zurich... the Nahmad Collection and more
Note: this post was started earlier in the evening… and finished after dinner later in the evening…night.
I’m in Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. It’s only 6:30 pm, but it seems I did a lot of stuff today, everything for my own pleasure… I’m glad I managed to wake up very early, compared to my standards, at 9 am! this taking into consideration that I fell asleep somewhere around 4 am.
For now I’ll skip the first part of the day, but later I’ll write about it a few words, cause it was also good :)
So, the second part of the day, around 3 hours and a half I spent in the Zurich Kunsthaus (Zurich Art Museum).
Starting October 15 until January 15 it is hosting the Nahmad collection!
“The more than 100 pictures that feature in this exhibition belong not to an individual but to the Nahmad family, who are second-generation, international art dealers based mainly in Monaco.”
“The Nahmad Collection is on show for a short time only, and only in the Kunsthaus Zürich. And the works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and Miró just have to be seen.” Besides the mentioned guys, there are some others, like Leger, Gris, Kandinsky, Chirico, Ernst, Magritte…
For a bit more information - the exhibition page.
Cool article: Zurich’s Kunsthaus was bound to rock the art establishment when it invited the notorious Nahmad dealers to exhibit. The museum’s director stands by his decision.
You are not allowed to take pictures of the exhibition (as usual)… thus I took just a few, until I was told that I’m not allowed… then I took some pictures of the permanent collection (again, with the plates).
THE ALBUM ON PICASA
Some time ahead I planned to visit the exhibition mid December, because October and November were pretty busy for me, free time activities - wise… and then end December until mid January I won’t be in Zurich. Yesterday evening I decided that today should be perfect.
Since it is Saturday, the museum was pretty crowded… for 15,50 francs (that is around 13 eur) a student can get in (exhibition and the rest of the museum)…
Again, more old people than young… anyway the number of young people… most of them couples, was considerably bigger than the last time I was at a modern art museum (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art).
With the entrance fee came the audio guide, a nice thing, surely it takes longer to get through the museum with an audio guide… but no doubt it is much more informative, sometimes the information was useful and interesting… other times, too “poetic”, like critics’ interpretation of the painting, school like analysis.
I listened to everything with regard to the Nahmad Collection, but skipped a lot of stuff from the permanent collection… I decided I should go there some other time, when there will be another temporary exhibition… then I’ll go again through the permanent one, because it is a fairly rich one.
In fact, the permanent collection has pretty many impressionism paintings… a movement which I really like.
(this Monet is from the Nahmad Collection)
Some post-impressionism… :)
There are also middle ages paintings… which I cannot stand :) but I liked this one
Some surrealism, cubism, abstractionism, Dadaism… I love 20th century art (most of the names from Nahmad Collection are also present in the permanent collection, but fewer pieces).
Today I understood that I love Miró!
and some Kandinsky
Between going through the Nahmad Collection and the permanent one… I had a cappuccino in the museum cafe/hall and read a bit more about the Nahmad “guys”… really impressive… so many economic terms in a leaflet you get in an art museum… market, investor, strategies, dealers, commercial and so on.
Drinking my cappuccino I was thinking how fascinating …art has its own kind of mafia, corruption etc. :) I would not mind working in this business :))
And while absorbing the exhibition… I understood that I have feelings (not opinions) for some pieces of art. Well, I have visited quite a few art museum before, but maybe I was not realizing that I have the feelings… or the feelings come with the age or after consuming (visually) a sufficient quantity of art :) I don’t know, but I would definitely love to have a house with some of those paintings… I am sure that looking at them every day would make me happier :))
And among these and other thoughts…there were the ones concerning the art scene in Moldova :) which is pretty much inexistent (especially compared to what I’ve seen today or in Denmark or other countries).
One thing is sure, at home I would not be able to wake up and say – I wanna go and look at some Monet or Miró – and then go and look at them in a few hours.
p.s.: I recommend people that live in Zurich and haven’t seen the exhibition to go and do so… and a tip - one can get a Zurich Card at the tourist center (train station) for 20 francs / 24 hours or 40 francs / 72 hours - go to as many museums as you can… and there are some :)
p.p.s.: I do write a lot.