As travel goes, it’s never complete until we add art. Well, it’s not complete for us. In our recent trip to Switzerland, a little gem popped up on our radar. The Gianadda Foundation! This little art space in Martigny, Valais, Switzerland, away from tourists and away from the day-to-day, brings you so much joy at every turn. The garden showcases internationally renowned artists in an idyllic setting, among trees, around a little lake, and cobblestone paths, on a background of Swiss mountains… and the inside hosts exhibitions of work by Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Monet, Zao Wou-Ki, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, and now Pierre Soulages.
This is a not to miss art destination for your next Swiss adventure!
The Foundation is proudly showcasing temporary exhibitions, as well as permanent ones, in their inside space which doubles as a concert hall, and in their garden which is populated by sculptures by renowned artists like Marc Chagall, Alicia Penalba, Constantin Brâncuși, Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henry Moore, Robert Indiana, Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, and Niki de Saint Phalle, to name a few among the greats.
Pierre Soulages – A Retrospective
The current exhibition is Pierre Soulage, and it’s a masterpiece after a masterpiece, on walls that look like they’ve craved those paiting their entire existence. In 2014 François Hollande, then President of France, described him as “the world’s greatest living artist.” Pierre Soulage is a master of Modern Art, and his works have a tendency of transporting you to another dimension, where the color black reigns supreme.
Text: Monica Antohi
Photos: Oscar Clop