On the conviction that it is important to keep one’s finger on the pulse of the time, the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler amassed an extensive collection of Post-Impressionist art between 1906 and 1936. Their unique holdings comprise works by nearly all of the great trailblazers of modernism in art, from van Gogh to Cézanne, Manet to Vallotton, and Manguin to Renoir. The collectors gave special priority to the Nabis artists Félix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, and to the Fauves around Henri Matisse.
Through the artworks and the friendly exchange between the artists and the collectors, the Villa Flora – the Hahnlosers’ home in Winterthur – became a venue of the unity of art and life and the awakening modern age. Beyond the boundaries of private art patronage, these activities had a fruitful impact on the collecting policies of public institutions.
The exhibition “Flora Awakening” presents some 100 paintings and sculptures by fifteen artists from the historical Hahnloser collection. These works enter into dialogue with works from the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s own holdings, thus shedding light on the productive interaction between private and public approaches to artcollecting.
A richly illustrated catalogue in German accompanied the exhibition;
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