«Turner. The sea and the Alps» at the Museum of Art Lucerne


The special exhibition took place from 6 July to 13 October 2019.

2019 finds the museum marking its 200th anniversary with a very special exhibition: "Turner. The sea and the Alps". In collaboration with the Tate Gallery, some 100 works by the British traveller and landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) were presented in a thousand square metre-plus space. Turner is regarded as England's most important exponent of Romanticism. The artist also has very special links with the region: in search of sublime motifs and fascinated by the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps, Turner travelled five times – between 1802 and 1844 – to Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, Lucerne and the Gotthard. His trips led to the creation of well-known watercolours such as "The Blue Rigi" and "The Schöllenen Gorge from the Devil's Bridge". This is the first opportunity to see them in their entirety in the region that inspired them. 

The exhibition comprised more than 30 works inspired by Central Switzerland; they came back in the region almost 200 years after their creation. The Rigi appears in a range of colours ranging from dark, moody thunderstorms to pale pink light; the flanks of the Schöllenen gorge rise threateningly, while the Chapel Bridge lies still in the dark blue moonlight. These sketches are complemented by other highlights, such as Turner's first oil painting and fascinating late works.


Location and contact

Kunstmuseum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6002 Luzern
+41 (0)41 226 78 00
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