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10 years kunsthalle messmer: a life for art

20. june 2019 – 15. september 2019

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the kunsthalle messmer, a retrospective will present the heart of the Messmer Collection – the estate of the artist André Evard in an unprecedented way. In the exhibition selected works from the different creative periods of the Swiss are presented.

André Evard, Kirschbaum, 1911 © messmer foundation

In addition to sensitive Art Nouveau pictures and color-intensive landscape representations, which illustrate Evard’s engagement with the influences of the art scene of his time, symbolist still lifes are shown, which prove their pioneering position in abstract painting through their turn to the geometrization of space. Last but not least, his concrete-constructive works can also be seen.



André Evard was a universal spirit. He has enriched the art of the avantgarde with his own ideas in almost 70 years. Without being committed to a style, he has pushed painting to its limits.



André Evard (1876 – 1965)

Born in 1876 in the Bernese Jura, André Evard is characterized throughout his life by the fact that he was a little bit ahead of his fellow artists. Already in 1908, he dealt with experimental techniques, such as the collage, which found its way into the art landscape only a few years later. He has learned together with great artists, such as Le Corbusier. In the 1920s, Evard oriented himself towars Paris, an artistic stronghold of the time and maintains ties to the European avantgarde. While most are inclined to Expressionism, Evard designs ornamental-looking, color-balanced concrete-constructive works. However, not only the Constructivism and Suprematism, but also the Dutch De Stijl movement and the Bauhaus were to be found into his art. He keeps in touch with Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay and Théo van Doesburg. In 1936, together with Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse and Leo Leuppi, he exhibits “time problems of Swiss painting and sculpture” in the Zurich exhibition. A year later, Evard joins as a tenth member in the artist group Allianz founded by Richard Paul Lohse and Leo Leuppi. In addition to Max Bill, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee and Hans Arp, this circle also includes Le Corbusier. Evard dies in 1972 at the age of 96 years in Le Locle, near his birthplace.



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