The Musée Jenisch and the Cabinet Cantonal des Estampes in Vevey are entirely devoted to works on paper, with a unique collection of drawings and engravings in Switzerland.
The second-largest art museum in the canton of Vaud, the Musée Jenisch Vevey devotes the bulk of its exhibitions to drawing and printmaking. It has housed the cantonal prints collection (Cabinet cantonal des estampes) since 1989, and has a collection comprising some 10,000 drawings and 35,000 prints, together with 1,300 paintings.
Opened in 1897 and renovated in 2012, the neoclassical building that celebrates its 120th birthday in 2017 is the venue for three temporary exhibitions each year as well as special hangings on a range of topics reflecting the various facets of the museum’s holdings, which include works by Alechinsky, Courbet, Dürer, Hodler, Picasso, Rembrandt and Vallotton.
Since 1988 the museum has been home to the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, a collection comprising more than 2,300 inventory numbers made up of paintings, watercolours, sketches and almost all the artist’s prints.
One of the region’s leading cultural attractions, the Musée Jenisch is dedicated to promoting the rich variety of works on paper and showcasing prints and drawings from every era. It organises regular events and workshops, especially for children, to communicate that passion to a wider audience.