A transatlantic collection

The Hubert Looser Collection is typically thought of in terms of three main areas: Abstract Expressionism, Minimal Art and Arte Povera. It is therefore seen as spanning the gap between two poles: Europe and America. Its roots are in Europe, with a single figural sculpted piece by Pablo Picasso marking the mature Classical Modern period of art on the Old Continent. Yet immediately a fine work by Yves Klein, the French mystic of the happening – an extremely welcome addition to the Kunsthaus – points the way to the artistic forms espoused by post-war generations.

01

Yves Klein

Yves Klein
ANT 37, around 1960

Pure pigment and synthetic resin on paper on canvas, 79 x 29.5 cm
© 2013 ProLitteris, Zurich

02

Pablo Picasso

Sylvette, 1954

Cut-out sheet metal painted in oils on both sides, 69.9 x 47 x 1 cm
© Succession Picasso / 2013 ProLitteris, Zurich