This exhibition concludes the three-part series of introductions to the collection of the Hilti Art Foundation that has been running since the opening of the exhibition building in May 2015.
By explicitly mentioning specific artists in the course of this introductory series – Medardo Rosso, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Max Beckmann, Alberto Giacometti, Keith Sonnier and Sean Scully – attention is drawn to individual highlights within the art historical scope of the collection, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day.
Once again, in this third exhibition Rosso, Klee, Sonnier & more, the Foundation presents a striking selection of works from its holdings, in which more than one hundred important artists are represented. In addition to new acquisitions by the three artists singled out in the title, the show includes recently acquired works by Alexej Jawlensky, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Archipenko, Imi Knoebel and Klaus Staudt. The diversity of styles and subject matter testifies to the immeasurable power of the artistic imagination, whether applied to the infinitely variable depiction of the human figure as in works by Rosso, Lehmbruck, Picasso and Giacometti, or to the creative handling of geometric forms as in the works of Mondrian, Léger, Sonnier and Knoebel. Previously exhibited paintings and sculptures ranging from Expressionism, Cubism, Neoplasticism and Surrealism to abstract and concrete art will also be on view, creating an ensemble of works that constitutes an image of an epoch, which has been of enduring and undiminished significance for later generations.
The Hilti Art Foundation has the pleasure of bringing this era to life in the present exhibition and will continue to do so in exhibitions to come.