Up until the outbreak of the First World War, few suspected that a catastrophe was about to befall Europe and much of the rest of the world. People believed that they were living in the ‘golden age of security’, as the writer Stefan
Zweig called it. It was an era that gave rise to the avant-garde, the breaking down of gender roles, ground­breaking inventions, increasing prosperity, investigations into the unconscious, and a misguided belief in lasting peace. Although ‘the new’ triggered a surge of euphoria, under the surface there were feelings of insecurity and fear.

The exhibition explores this rollercoaster of feelings — of exhilaration and being overwhelmed, which has parallels in our own time. It brings together exhibits from the Swiss National Museum’s collection and works from major museums and private collections. On display are paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Ferdinand Hodler that are on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen and the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau.

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