From Kandinsky to Nolde, the Braglia & Johenning collections on exhibition in Lugano


The Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia is celebrating its third year of work with a special event. Two gentlemen are meeting – successful, vital octogenarians who are united by a passion: the passion for German art of the early  wentieth century. This was a time shaped by the development of new forms of expression, a liberation from academic rules and ideological barriers, and from this emerged Expressionism, which seeks to come into contact with the soul of every person through art.

Among the connoisseurs of this instinctive art are on the one hand Gabriele Braglia, who with his wife Anna (1934-2015) amassed a collection of more than two hundred and fifty works (painting, drawings, sculptures) by Italian and international artists. The core of this collection is defined by artists who worked in Munich and Murnau, known as exponents of the group Blauer Reiter (Heinrich Campendonk, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter e Marianne von Werefkin), by Expressionists (Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein and Ernst Ludwig Kirkchner) and Bauhause member (Lyonel Feininger and Paul Klee). This part of the collection, to which Anna and Gabriele Braglia were devoted from the early nineteen nineties on, offers a significant and comprehensive overview of the art-historical developments of modern German painting. The collection is absolutely extraordinary for our latitudes when one cosiders that the Braglia family have their roots in Mediterranean culture.

It was Michael Beck’s idea to unite these two collections for the first time in the exhibition From Kandinsky to Nolde – Two Collectors in Dialogue – The Braglia and Johenning Collections, after years of art consultation, Beck and the two couples had developed an amicable relationship. Thanks to the temporary consolidation of seventy-six works of exceptional quality, the Fondazione Braglia in Lugano offers visitors the chance to enjoy a comprehensive and exclusive overview of the work of artists who found expression for powerful feelings with an energetic uso of light and colour.

The exhibition will be held at the Gabriele and Anna Braglia Foundation (Riva Antonio Caccia 6a – 6900 Lugano) from 27 September to 15 December 2018.


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