Winter in Switzerland: Gstaad, St. Moritz and Zurich

16 December 2023

This winter, we celebrate major exhibitions and presentations by globally acclaimed artists in our native Switzerland. Experience a landmark exhibition by Gerhard Richter at the Nietzsche-Haus, the Segantini Museum and Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz, a presentation of Rita Ackermann’s first-ever frieze work at Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad, and exhibitions by Fausto Melotti, Lorna Simpson and Cathy Josefowitz in Zurich.

Installation view, ‘Gerhard Richter: Engadin,’ Segantini Museum, St. Moritz, 2023 – 2024 © 2023 Gerhard Richter (09122023). Photo: Jon Etter

Gerhard Richter, Piz Bernina, 1992 © Gerhard Richter 2023. Private Collection, Switzerland. Photo: Jon Etter

St. Moritz

Curated by Dieter Schwarz and presented across three venues in the Upper Engadin—Nietzsche-Haus, the Segantini Museum and Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz—the momentous exhibition ‘Gerhard Richter: Engadin’ is the first to explore the artist’s deep connection with the Engadin’s alpine landscape. More than 70 works from museums and private collections—including paintings, overpainted photographs, drawings and objects—are testament to the artist’s fascination with the Upper Engadin.

Gerhard Richter, born in 1932, is one of the most important and celebrated artists of our time. His work can be found in international collections and has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. Richter first vacationed in the Swiss Alpine village Sils, located in the Upper Engadin region, in 1989, a location he has regularly visited during both summer and winter holidays for over 25 years.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Hauser & Wirth Publishers, with images of the works on display and an essay by Dieter Schwarz. It has been produced in collaboration with the Segantini Museum and Nietzsche-Haus.

Rita Ackermann, The Ecstasy of Leaving the Exile 7 Times on Repeat II, 2023 © Rita Ackermann. Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer

Gstaad

Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad presents seven new paintings by Rita Ackermann, in partnership with Hauser & Wirth. From the outset of her career, Ackermann has made works in dialogue with other artists. These new site-specific paintings take as a point of departure Ferdinand Hodler’s philosophy of parallelism. The result of Ackermann’s engagement with the Swiss master is a monumental new frieze work, ‘The Ecstasy of Leaving the Exile, I-VII’ (2023), consisting of seven individual paintings, on view for the first time in Gstaad.

Collaborating with the Ciné Theater in Gstaad, the CinemArt film series will once again take place this winter from 5 January to 23 February 2024. The selection of films about contemporary art gives unique insights into the work of important international artists including Gerhard Richter, Philip Guston, Dora Maar, Fabio Mauri, Frida Kahlo, the Giacometti family and many more.

The Vieux Chalet, the gallery’s home in Gstaad since 2015, is open by appointment only. Email us if you would like to visit.

Installation view, ‘Fausto Melotti. Jewelry’, Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, 2023 –2024 © Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milano. Photo: Jon Etter

Installation view, ‘Lorna Simpson,’ Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Limmatstrasse, 2023 © Lorna Simpson. Photo: James Wang

Zurich

Fausto Melotti. Jewelry,’ the first comprehensive survey of the Italian artist’s jewelry oeuvre, organized in collaboration with the Melotti Foundation, is on view at our gallery on Bahnhofstrasse. The exhibition will highlight his meticulously crafted jewelry from the 1960s, ‘70s and early ‘80s, featuring exceptional creations in gold, silver and brass, complemented by a focused selection of sculptures in the same materials.

On view at Zurich, Limmatstrasse is ‘Lorna Simpson,’ the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery in Switzerland, which showcases new pieces from her Special Character series. First unveiled in 2019, the Special Character series superimposes women’s faces from fashion and wig ads found in the pages of Ebony magazine, revealing, through repetition the reinforcement of stereotypes in the everyday imagery we consume.

The breadth of New York-born, Swiss-raised artist Cathy Josefowitz’s (1956 – 2014) creative output will be on view in the solo exhibition ‘Release’—the artist’s first in Zurich—opening this January at Limmatstrasse. Focusing on her compelling progression of the figure across four decades, from the 1970s to her later shift towards abstraction, many works will be on view for the first time.

Cathy Josefowitz, D'après I'Olympia de Manet, 2004 ­– 2005 © The Estate of Cathy Josefowitz. Photo: Jon Etter