First Museum Exhibition in Switzerland of Work by Eccentric Landscape Artist Carl Wilhelm Kolbe


ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Zürich presents, through 28 November, Switzerland’s first museum exhibition of work by eccentric landscape artist Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759–1835). At the centre of the show are Kolbe’s landscape engravings featuring enormous vegetation and gargantuan trees eerily stretching their boughs into the space about them, their evocative power gesturing at the Symbolists and Surrealists. The exhibition comprises some 60 pieces from the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau together with works on loan from German and Swiss private collections. A self-taught landscape artist and engraver who also did research in the field of linguistics, Kolbe is one of the most intriguing figures in German art at the turn of the 19th century. With his fantastical, virtually surreal landscapes, featuring woods and marshes in which flora towers above the heads of man and beast, he broke early on with the prevailing aesthetics to