Art Across Switzerland

September 3 – 10, 2017

The art of Switzerland reflects a sweeping range of cultural and regional influences. During this new journey, delve into the arts—both past and contemporary—by exploring cultural venues in the breathtaking regions surrounding Lake Geneva, including Lavaux, medieval Bern, and of course Basel, a center for the region’s heritage.

Highlights Include

  • Art of Switzerland: Enjoy Switzerland’s finest museums, including Lausanne’s Musée de l’Élysée, Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts, and Winterthur’s Oskar Reinhart collections. You’ll also tour Basel’s Kunstmuseum, Switzerland’s largest and most important public art collection, and the Fondation Beyeler with its classic modernist collection that is home to pieces from Van Gogh and Picasso to Calder and Warhol.
  • Cultural Sites: Take a cruise on Lake Geneva to the terraced vineyards of Lavaux for a wine tasting and tour of this World Heritage site.
  • Departure Highlights: In June, attend the highly anticipated Art Basel, an annual showcase for the best in contemporary and modern art. In September, view modern and contemporary design at the renowned Vitra Design Museum in Basel and learn about the famous Swiss art of watch-making in Geneva.
  • Visit Smithsonian.com to read more about the “Five Must-Visit Cities in Switzerland for Art Lovers”
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guide expert

Stéphanie Jeanjean

Stéphanie Jeanjean is a professor of Art History, 18-19th century European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art at Pace University and Baruch College in New York City. Since 2007 she is a regular lecturer, in English and French, at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Professor Jeanjean is French native, born in Langres, a small historic town in Champagne-Ardennes in North Eastern France. She graduated from Bourgogne University in Dijon and completed a Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She curated exhibitions involving French artists, most recently at A. A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College of Old Westbury, at the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn, and at the Kitchen in New York. She presented on French Art at numerous conferences worldwide, including Tate Britain, London (UK); KAIST University, Daejeon (South Korea), Brown and Cornell Universities, at MIT, and CAA annual conferences in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago (USA), among others. She is a specialist of contemporary France, early French video and new media art. Dr. Jeanjean has worked on translating and subtitling in English rare early French video materials. Her upcoming publications (December 2014) will appear in Hilary Robinson ed., Feminism-Art-Theory, by Wiley & Blackwell Editions, Oxford (UK) and in François Bovier and Adeena Mey eds., Exhibited Cinema an Anthology, by ECAL and JRP-Ringier Editions, Lausanne and Zurich (Switzerland).

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 — Depart the U.S for Geneva


Day 2 — Geneva, Lausanne

Arrive at the airport in Geneva and meet with your group. Visit one of Geneva’s local watchmakers for a close look at one of Switzerland’s most famous art forms. Transfer to Lausanne, also located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland and on the shores of Lake Geneva. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner. (R,D)


Day 3 — Lausanne, Lavaux

Begin the day with a guided visit of the Musée de l’Élysée, a museum dedicated exclusively to photography with a collection of over 100,000 images. Head to the port of Ouchy and board a boat to Lavaux. As you cruise towards the picturesque Lavaux region, see why the miles of terraced vineyards have been declared a World Heritage site. Wine has been produced here for nearly a millennium. Spend the afternoon exploring the vineyards on foot and sampling local wines. Return to Lausanne for an evening at leisure. (B)


Day 4 — Bern

Depart Lausanne for the charming city of Bern. The historic city center’s layout has barely changed since medieval times, and forms a World Heritage site. Take a guided tour of the Kunstmuseum Bern. Its collection contains works by key figures like Paul Klee, Ferdinand Hodler, and Pablo Picasso. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy a walking tour of Bern’s medieval Old Town. The evening will be at leisure. (B,L)


Day 5 — Bern, Basel

Depart Bern for Basel this morning. Your first stop is the Vitra Design Museum. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is dedicated to the research and presentation of design and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. Afterwards, embark on a guided walking tour of this artistic city.  Enjoy a reception this evening followed by dinner.  (B,R,D)


Day 6 — Basel

Basel is also home to a concentration of excellent permanent collections. Tour the Fondation Beyeler, home to the collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler—two of the original founders of Art Basel. Visit the Kunstmuseum Basel on a private guided tour of the biggest and most important collection of public art in Switzerland. With so much to see and do, you’ll want time to explore independently. Continue the museum theme with visits to the Kunsthalle Basel or Tinguely Museum, or enjoy the outdoors and take time to relax along the river banks or in one of the many local cafes. (B)


Day 7 — Winterthur

Set off for Winterthur to explore the life and works of Oskar Reinhart, a key collector and patron of Swiss arts. Today, his extensive collections are housed in two museums in his hometown of Winterthur. Visit both the Museum Oskar Reinhart and the “Am Römerholz” Reinhart collection. The museums hold a range of European art including many excellent French Impressionist pieces, and several dozen works by renowned Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. (B,R,D)


 Day 8 — Winterthur, Zürich

Transfer to the airport in Zürich and depart on individual flights home. (B)

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