I find that a lot of information here is communicated via “billboards” or posters around town. Like when the Beaver was telling all of us to prepare for the new trash rules or when a concert or exhibit is coming. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a go-to website with all of the local events like I used to, but I learn a lot about what’s happening through signs on the side of the road or at the bus stops.
For the past five months, there have been posters EVERYWHERE notifying us that there is a Renoir exhibit in Martigny (a town 35 minutes from Vevey). Of course, I’ve been telling myself, “I need to go see this exhibit” for the entire five months, and today I FINALLY made it! With a week to spare!
Two girlfriends agreed to go with me, and we enjoyed some pizza together before heading to Foundation Pierre Gianadda to take in the art.
There were probably between 60-75 works of art by Renoir featured around the perimeter of a large room. Many were on loan from private collections, but others were here from large art museums in Paris, Madrid, and elsewhere. There were a lot of people, but we made our way around to see all of them. Here are a few of my favorites:
[Those blue eyes!]
We wondered further down into the building to see the permanent exhibits. There was a single (creepy) Picasso, some weird modern art, a few paintings by Cezanne and Van Gogh, and then…a very unexpected museum of old cars!
[I wouldn’t be a good American, if I didn’t take a picture of the Ford Model T]
When we exited, we had another surprise…a lovely sculpture park! Most of the sculptures were strange, but the views of the mountains were breathtaking!
[Thumbs up for the giant thumb!]
Another beautiful fall Sunday afternoon in Switzerland. I’m so glad I spent a few weekends at home enjoying this beautiful place!