1.3. – 16.8.2020

Chamber of the Heart – 30 Years of the Museum Langmatt

In early 2020, the Museum Langmatt will be 30 years old. When it first opened its doors to the public, on the 21st of April 1990, people flocked to the Langmatt in order to see the outstanding collection of French Impressionist pictures for the first time. Sidney and Jenny Brown acquired the bulk of their collection between 1908 and 1990. At that time, their subsequent value could not have been foreseen, as the Impressionists were still controversial and much debated even among art experts. They were not welcomed by the wider audience. Thus, the Browns’ main motive can hardly have been one of prestige or of financial gain. The Browns collected art that they loved.

To celebrate the anniversary, we are holding a comprehensive exhibition of the collection entitled “Chamber of the Heart – 30 Years of the Museum Langmatt”. This is a presentation of a wide variety of the most significant and interesting images and objects in the collection in the painting gallery – the “heart chamber” of the Langmatt. What is the Langmatt truly made of? What is the “spirit” behind it? Which artworks represent the heart of the collection? The spectrum ranges from outstanding masterpieces of French Impressionism to selected highlights of artistic craftwork, furnishings, Asian ceramics, silver, and porcelain. As in the era of the Browns, pictures, artistic craftwork, furniture, and carpets are on display in a dense, positively baroque presentation.

Sandra Senn (* 1973 in Baden, currently living there and in Berlin) presents a multi-part text intervention in various spaces and in the historical annex buildings in the park that expresses the many facets of the Langmatt’s characteristic atmosphere.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication released by Hatje Cantz Verlag Berlin and by a brochure on the current work of Sandra Senn.


Image: The painting gallery, with Impressionist pictures, September 1934



Overview

Dates

Saturday, 29th February, 17.00
Opening

Wednesday, 4th March, 12.15
A tour of the exhibition with Daniela Minneboo

Thursday, 12th March, 18.30
Tour and discussion with Sandra Senn and Markus Stegmann

Sunday, 29th March, 11.00
The Friends of the Museum present their Langmattwith Iva Marelli

Wednesday, 15th April, 12.15
A tour of the exhibition 

Sunday, 26th April, 11.00
The Friends of the Museum present their Langmatt with Erich Obrist

Wednesday, 27th May, 12.15
A tour of the exhibition with Markus Stegmann

Sunday, 7th June, 11.00
The Friends of the Museum present their Langmatt with Beatrice Stocker

Wednesday, 1st July, 12.15
A tour of the exhibition with Daniela Minneboo

Sunday, 16th August, 11.00
A tour of the exhibition with Daniela Minneboo

 

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Opening times and tickets

Tues.–Fri. 14.00–17.00
Sat. / Sun. 11.00–17.00
  
Young people under 18:free admission
Standard price of admission:CHF 12.-
Reduced price of admission:CHF 10.-
Standard price for event attendance:CHF 15.-
Reduced price for event attendance:CHF 12.-