Summer in Switzerland
Special issue. SWITZERLAND–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
Masterpieces from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art at Martigny
By lending 50 masterpieces of Western European art to the Fondation Pierre Gianadda the world-famous Metropolitan Museum is sending out a clear message: it trusts the foundation implicitly. The memory of the mysterious story (with a happy ending) when the collection of French paintings from Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts was arrested after the closure of the exhibition remains fresh in the minds of many. At the time, some Russian journalists and museum officials said in no uncertain terms that the Swiss partner did not quite live up to the standards of the Pushkin museum.
Hans Holbein in Basel
From April 1 to July 2, the Kunstmuseum Basel hosted an exhibition dedicated to Hans Holbein the Younger. There are many reasons why the exhibition occurred in Basel: Holbein, born in the German town of Augsburg in 1497 (or 1498), moved to the Swiss city-republic of Basel in 1514 with his brother Ambrosius, who was also a painter. Erasmus of Rotterdam also lived in Basel; the city had a university and excellent publishing houses.