Works from the Kunstmuseum, which is temporarily closed for renovations, will also be on view in an additional venue this year. Future Present, at the Schaulager, is presenting an extensive survey exhibition of works from the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. Founded by Maja Hoffmann-Stehlin (later Maja Sacher) in 1933 in memory of her husband, tragically killed in an automobile accident, the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation is devoted to collecting and presenting contemporary art.
For the first time in over 30 years, viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy an overview of the substantially enlarged collection. Presented chronologically, the works, ranging from classic modernism to the immediate present, comprise paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and video works. Familiar favourites will be on view alongside works not seen for many years as well as unfamiliar newcomers.
The exhibition Future Present testifies to the intensity and commitment that have gone into building the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation over the decades. It will present focal points of interest which reveal the often unorthodox decisions made in pursuing further developments of the collection in the future. The leitmotif that guided Maja Sacher when she established the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation still applies: ‘Faith in the Future’.
- Elizabeth Peyton, Swan (Leonardo di Caprio), 1998. © Elizabeth Peyton. Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel
- Katharina Fritsch, Oktopus, 2006 - 2009. © 2015, ProLitteris. Photo: Ivo Faber, © 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich