Swiss watch As Art en Vieille-Ville returns to Geneva, we’ve picked out the best museum shows to catch in Switzerland this month
Wayne Thiebaud Fondation Beyeler, Riehen Until 21 May
From studies of lipsticks and paint cans to gumball machines, ice creams and pies, the all-American still lifes of Wayne Thiebaud treat commonplace objects with a sense of ironic detachment, realised with slick painterly finish. With 65 works, most on loan from the United States, this also includes his less well-known cityscapes and portraits, which often draw on Renaissance examples.
Giacometti–Dalí: Dream Gardens Kunsthaus Zürich 14 April–2 July
In 1935, Alberto Giacometti was cast out of the Surrealist group for the treasonous act of sculpting the human form – a schism that would lead the Swiss artist to the works for which he is now best known. But only five years before, Giacometti’s symbolic, abstract sculptures had made him a superstar among the Surrealists – with none more starstruck than Salvador Dalí. This exhibition is the first to explore their brief, but formative friendship.
Shirley Jaffe: Form as Experiment Kunstmuseum Basel Until 30 July
After moving from New York to Paris in 1949, Jaffe made her name with gestural, abstract compositions, influenced by fellow expats including Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis. But when, during a year’s placement in West Berlin in 1963, she encountered the work of artists such as Kandinsky and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jaffe turned from the Ab-Ex model to more geometric paintings. This exhibition of 110 works charts the shifts in her style.
Engraving in Chiaroscuro Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva Until 28 May
The technique of chiaroscuro woodcut – printing in colour using multiple blocks, allowing for vivid tonal contrasts – emerged in Germany in around 1508, took off in Italy not long after, and had largely fallen out of fashion by the 1650s. This show includes work by 16th-century masters such as Hendrick Goltzius and Ugo da Carpi, while also focusing on efforts to revive the medium in the 18th and 19th centuries (pictured).
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