The ill-fated project to move Vaud fine arts museum out of its present premises may be reaching a new turn. As plans begin in earnest to transform part of Lausanne’s train station into a jewel museum that unites photography and design as well, the mood is upbeat. A philanthropist and a collector show their confidence by making major gifts by Kokoschka and Giacometti to the museum.
During a ceremony organized on 1 June 2010, the Vaud Culture Minister, Anne-Catherine Lyon and Bernard Fibisher, the Vaud Fine Arts Museum Director accepted a gift from the collector Dr Marcel Bahro of two drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966): Annetta and an unidentified personne playing halma, s.d. (c. 1925) et Child’s head from front and side (recto), Plate of Apples (verso), s.d.
Thanks to the donation of a generous amount in favour of the new museum, a painting by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), Glion, Vue sur le lac Léman (1956), has recently been purchased and was unveiled on the same occasion.
Bernard Fibisher, Director museum and Anne-Catherine Lyon, Vaud culture minister present Oskar Kokoshka view of the Leman, 1 June 2010