All great artists have to start somewhere. And their influence often depends on the social and financial support of folk like Hedy and Arthur Hahnloser-Bühler, important sponsors of French and Swiss modernism. Their collection of works by such greats as Matisse, Hodler, Van Gogh and Cézanne forms the basis of a new exhibition at the Albertina.
- Works from many outstanding modernist artists and their predecessors
- Runs Feb 22 – May 24, 2020
- Just use a normal museum entrance ticket or a sightseeing pass to get in
- See also: Albertina tickets & visitor info
The Hahnloser Collection at the Albertina
(Self-portrait by Cézanne around 1896/1897. Image courtesy of the Rijksmuseum)
Hedy (1873-1952) and Arthur (1870-1936) Hahnloser-Bühler played a significant role in the acquisition and appreciation of modern art in Switzerland, thanks to their own purchases and their promotion of artists. Many of the latter, such as Henri Matisse, Ferdinand Hodler or Pierre Bonnard, became friends.
It must have been quite a time, witnessing (and actively helping) the development of the French and Swiss modernist art movement at close quarters. Between 1905 and 1936, the couple collected works by the likes of the above names, but also from those giants on whose shoulders those artists stood: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
The Hahnloser-Bühler’s home at Villa Flora in Winterthur transitioned into a private gallery of sorts for the works accumulated by the couple and also became a meeting place for those interested in the arts .
(Today, the villa is part of the Kunst Museum Winterthur and set to reopen in 2022 as a public art museum and showcase for the collection.)
The Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler exhibition at the Albertina brings together around 120 works from this important collection, drawn from the numerous items still held by the family and the Hahnloser/Jaeggli foundation, as well as loans from those institutions who benefited from the Hahnloser-Bühler’s generosity: the Kunstmuseum Bern and the aforementioned Kunst Museum Winterthur.
I’ll post highlights once I have visited, but the exhibition includes such pieces as:
- Félix Vallotton’s Le Chapeau Violet (1907)
- Ferdinand Hodler’s Blumenpflückendes Mädchen (1887)
- Henri Manguin’s Les Enfants Hans et Lisa Hahnloser (1910)
- Paul Cézanne’s Groupe de Maison (1876/1877)
- Henri Matisse’s Femme Assise Devant la Fenètre Ouverte (1919)
- Vincent Van Gogh’s Le Café de Nuit à Arles (1888)
Dates and tickets
The Albertina opens daily from 10am to 6pm during the exhibition, with late-night opening (until 9pm) on Wednesdays and Fridays.
How to get to the Hahnloser exhibition
See the bottom of the Albertina article for travel tips. When there, don’t forget to pop into the palace staterooms. For much of the exhibition, the museum also has a rather nice parallel one on Renaissance etchings, featuring works by Dürer, Parmigianino, and others.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna