For most of the year 2019 MASI has the extraordinary opportunity to host an outstanding example of expression of the sublime: Giovanni Segantini’s Alpine Triptych. To celebrate this exceptional event, MASI organises a collection display of about 60 artworks around the monumental work by the great master of Divisionism, retracing the evolution of landscape painting in Switzerland and abroad from the 18th to the 21st century. Displayed in front of the Triptych and providing a show within the show, is the equally engaging video installation Die Magische Bergwelt by This Brunner.
Starting from a reflection on what can artistically be defined as Sublime, the exhibition traces the evolution of landscape painting. An expression of the "Alpine spirit” that inspired the featured artists to come up with their own personal interpretations of the Mountain landscape and the reality that surrounds it. This spirit takes the forms of romantic subject in Constable, Turner and Calame; it permeates the use of colour in the work of Giacometti and Dudreville; it stands for national identity in the perspectives of Franzoni, Rossi and Foglia; and, finally, it becomes a historical document in Donetta's photographs. These trends are reversed in contemporary art, in which representation of the Alps becomes ambivalent: Lutz and Guggisberg, for example, portray the mountains ironically in their assemblages, underscoring the stereotypes of their traditional representation, while Burkhard's photographs restore a perfect balance between sentiment and history in the mountain Landscape.