LOUIS SOUTTER AT THE NEW MCBA
Louis Soutter, “courons à Uranus” 1937-1942, finger painting on paper.
The new MCBA, located in an industrial area in the heart of Lausanne, in the former SBB halls to the locomotives. is the work of the Barcelona-based Spanish architecture office, which brings together Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga.
MCBA’s new premises open tomorrow, October 5th, with a representative selection of gifts and long-term loans from the collections, featuring works donated specifically for the new museum alongside significant older donations, including the Widmer bequests of 1936 and 1939. Pride of place is given to recent donations by Alice Pauli, with works by Soulages, Kiefer, Penone, and Kapoor among others, and a number of pieces by major artists including Rodin, Klee, Balthus, G. Giacometti, Vallotton, Soutter, and Zao Wou-Ki.
The museum owns a major set of 623 drawings by Louis Soutter, now one of the collection’s leading artists acquired by Ernest Manganel, the museum’s director in the fifties and over 180 works by the artist Aloïse Corbaz, a native of the canton, who join the collection in 1966.
Between 1937-1942, Soutter painted with his fingers a multitude of figures of extreme intensity, the so-called “finger” period which is characterized by a great creative richness despite the simplicity of the technical means. "Even if Soutter did not escape all influence, writes Michel Thévoz, his relationship to tradition and artistic context is undeniably much looser than that of any other socially integrated artist. It is not based on global assimilation but only on limited borrowings”. #louissoutter#mcba#lausanne#museecantonaldesbeauxarts#fabriziobarozzi#albertoveiga#barozziveiga#aloisecorbaz#alicepauli#cantonalmuseumoffinearts#plateforme10#mcbalausanne