What's on in Switzerland: Good Rothko and Mark Tobey shows

In a quiet month a chance to see some classic modern art

January is the month for hibernation, and it is sometimes a bleak period for galleries, but three shows are offering an attractive alternative to winter. The Beyeler Galerie in Bâle is showing a series of ten large canvases by the American Mark Rothko, nine from the 60s and one from the 50s. In Lausanne, the Galerie Alice Pauli has the work of Mark Tobey, at the same time they will publish a catalogue with texts by the artist himself, and an introduction by François Mathey. In all there will be over sixty works from the 40s to the 70s. In Geneva, some discussion has been going on at the Galerie Pierre Huber over whether they should continue to show the minimalists or the more contempory artists. A group of “recent acquisitions”, including works from Alan Charlton to Rémy Zaugg, will be shown until 26 January. Following on, from January 31 to March 2, only this time with big names (Cindy Sherman, Pierre Molinier, Bruce Weber), the Galerie Pierre Huber offers “Inventer une image” where photography will play an important part.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 4 January 1991