HODLER AND THE SWISS WARRIOR: FROM HISTORICAL FIGURE TO PATRIOTIC ICON
A choice of Hodler’s canvases are displayed in the Gallery of Arms and Armour, all featuring the traditional figure of the Swiss warrior. Hodler’s new approach to this theme produced images that were to become national icons, though not without arousing some controversy. Interacting with these portraits is a display of weapons that shows the equipment carried by a confederate soldier at the time of the Burgundian and Italian Wars. The dialogue between these weapons and Hodler’s paintings evokes the artist’s creative process and places his historical pieces in the context of an era in search of symbols of identity. This is reflected in the famous representations of the Battles of Morat and of Marignan painted for the Swiss National Museum, of which the MAH possesses many preparatory works.
NOTEBOOKS: A POCKETSIZED TREASURE
One of the outstanding jewels of the Hodler collection at the MAH takes up no more than a shelf of storage space. It comprises the 241 notebooks and sketches that the painter accumulated throughout his career, daily recording his flashes of inspiration like everyday household checklists. Dozens of these humble notebooks are on display, allowing visitors to delve deep into these «creative diaries». In them, we discover both the hidden world of a man’s life and the artistic processes behind some of his most famous compositions, from the initial idea to its final realization.
This presentation devoted to the conservation of Hodler’s works is based on three selected paintings: the Portrait of Francine Maylac, the first version of Enchanted Boy and Man with a Wooden Leg. It brings to light the different stages in their execution through graphic works and extensive scientific imagery. Their practical conservation is also explained through a documentary film and didactic materials that trace the progress of the different treatments.
Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 18 pm
Friday, 28 September, 2018 - Sunday, 30 December, 2018
Price Free entrance