With more than 7,000 pieces ranging from prehistoric finds to contemporary paintings, the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève is one of Switzerland’s largest and most important museums.
The multi-disciplinary exhibitions focusing on archaeology, fine art and applied art promise multi-faceted insights into the history of art and evolution of culture from prehistory to the present day. The heart of the museum, which opened in 1910, consists of its art collections. Highlights of the department for applied arts include musical instruments, watches, jewellery and textiles along with Byzantine art and icons. The fine art section gathers collections of work ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and features important groups of paintings by Ferdinand Hodler, Félix Vallotton and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. One of the museum’s greatest treasures is the altarpiece painted by Konrad Witz in 1444, regarded as the first realistic portrayal of landscape in European painting.
The spirit of Hodler in Genevan painting, Maison Tavel
8 February - 26 May 2019
Caesar and the Rhône. Ancient masterpieces from Arles
10 May 2019 - 5 January 2020
5 April - 30 June 2019
mastering light, Claude Lorrain and the perception of the landscape