Jenisch Museum

The 120-year-old Jenisch Museum keeps growing

Nov 27, 2017

Dedicated to prints and drawings, this museum’s collections showcase the historical and contemporary output of these techniques and never stops expanding.

Situated in Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the museum has celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2017. The second most important art museum in the Canton of Vaud, home to the Cabinet cantonal des estampes and the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, it was founded thanks to a donation by Fanny Jenisch, a German patron who fell in love with the town. Today, its collections include works from some of the greatest artists, including Alechinsky, Balthus, Corot, Courbet, Dürer, Giacometti, Hodler, Ingres, Morandi, Picasso, Rembrandt, Vallotton and Vuillard, with a total of some 10,000 drawings and 35,000 engravings.

Since 2014, the museum has expanded from the inside, with over 6,000 new pieces. Between 27 October 2017 and 4 February 2018, the museum is presenting an exhibition of the works of Swiss artist Franz Gertsch. In 1985, he invented a very special wood engraving technique which gives his works a photographic-like “grain”.

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