London, United Kingdom
May 24, 2004
The gallery has actually been in operation for a reasonably long time, but that really does not feel like the case due to an extensive and forward-looking renovation during the 1970s, the results of which is a wonderful exhibition space that still feels fresh now and suits the contemporary emphasis of the collection extremely well. In fact, the imaginative layout and excellent lighting have greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the place, whilst spending time in its similarly bright and spacious café has also been a real pleasure.
Some masterpieces from the Renaissance and baroque periods by the likes of Canaletto, El Greco and Rembrandt are on show, but the majority of what is displayed is art by many of the leading exponents of the major schools from the 19th and 20th centuries, which seems fitting in the city that was the birthplace of the Dada movement. Among the best known items featured are a couple of the famous Water Lilies paintings by Claude Monet, and Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell is located close to the entrance, providing a dramatic introduction to what lies ahead. Additionally included are several paintings by each of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, as well as works by others such as Paul Cézanne, Joan Miró and Man Ray. Meanwhile, there is nowhere else outside of Scandinavia is it possible to see quite so much of the gloomy expressionism of Edvard Munch, a personal favourite.
Appropriately, also represented are artists from Switzerland, most notably by an abundance of Alberto Giacometti’s distinctive sculptures. In addition, overlooking the main staircase is a typically romantic portrayal of an historical scene by Ferdinand Hodler, which is certainly eye-catching and very Swiss, but almost feels somewhat stylistically out of place.
From journal Zürich - More interesting than might be imagined