Art cruel


Hendrick Goltzius, d’après Cornelis van Haarlem, Le Dragon dévorant les compagnons de Cadmus, 1588, burin sur papier vergé filigrané. Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes, collection de l’État de Vaud © Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes, collection de l’État de Vaud, photographie : Julien Gremaud

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From 7 April 2022to 31 July 2022
Opening 7 April 2022

In the collective imagination of yesterday and today, “cruel art” mirrors an impressive number of images that punctuate the history of art: in this way, crucifixions, martyrdoms, wounds, scenes of torture and massacres have come down through the centuries. Contemporary creation also explores this theme : since cruelty is at the heart of the human being, as many thinkers repeat over and over again, it haunts art. To bear witness to the brutality of the world has thus been a permanent challenge that artists have tried to take up, by showing cruelty naked or disguised. In all periods, they are witnesses to it, and sometimes even victims of it. Art can be a sacrifice, and art then rhymes with life.


Art cruel

Autors: Claire Stoullig, Luc Lang, Sophie Daull and Yves Ravey

Co-edition Musée Jenisch Vevey and Snoeck Editions, Paris

CHF 36.– / CHF 30.– with the museum admission ticket


The Musée Jenisch Vevey and the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation have joined forces to offer a unique experience where the visual arts meet music and weave a unique dialogue with it.

ART&SONS invites visitors to take their mobile phones and headphones with them to discover a selection of works shown in the permanent collection of paintings or in temporary exhibitions in a unique way. The works in question are marked with a QR code that can be scanned to start the music.

The series of dialogues are chosen by Stéphanie-Aloysia Moretti, art historian and artistic director of the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation, to whom the Musée Jenisch Vevey has given carte blanche for the realisation of this project.


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