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Bucerius Kunstforum opens exhibition with works by Ferdinand Hodler and Cuno Amiet

HAMBURG.- Artistic friendships have always been an exciting mixture of friendship and rivalry. For the first time, an exhibition is being dedicated to the artistic interaction between Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) and Cuno Amiet (1868–1961). These were the two artists who shaped the Europewide advent of the modern art movement in Switzerland. The exhibition focuses on the period after 1893 when the two artists encountered each other both in person and in the awareness of each other’s work. Although their relationship was characterized by quarrels and reconciliations, after Hodler’s death in 1918 Amiet could not lay it to rest, as seen here in the context of his posthumous homages to Hodler. Hodler was fascinated by Amiet’s brilliant palette and his loose painting technique. The younger Amiet admired the symmetry, ornamentation and linearity of Hodler’s works. However, Amiet’s paintings such as The