Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), Glion, Vue sur le lac Léman, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Vaud

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

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, trained as a journalist, became an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London before moving to Switzerland, where she now covers the art beat and presides several associations.

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