Vladimir Davidovich Baranov-Rossiné (1888–1944), Gypsy Dancer, 1914, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm / 18.11 x 14.96 in.
Wladimir Burljuk (1886–1917), Landschaft Blühende Bäume im Frühling, 1911, oil on canvas, 73.2 x 92.5 cm / 28.74 x 36.22 in.
André Derain (1880–1954), La Musique, ca. 1904–1905, watercolour and pencil on paper, 50 x 64.6 cm / 19.68 x 25.20 in.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), Zwei nackte Mädchen am Berg, 1921, oil on canvas, 122 x 81 cm / 48,03 x 31,89 in.
Paul Klee (1879–1940), Bildnis einer Veilchenaugigen, 1921–1921, watercolour and brush and ink over pencil on paper laid down on tissue paper, laid down on the artist’s mount, 22.2 x 19.1 cm / 8.66 x 7.48 in.
Otto Mueller (1874–1930), Kauerndes Mädchen im Walde, 1920–1922, watercolour and chalk on paper, 66 x 52.5 cm / 25.98 x 20.47 in.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884–1976), Gehöft, 1914, oil on canvas, 77.5 x 91 cm / 30.5 x 35.8 in.
Arthur Segal (1875–1944), Bergdorf, 1916, oil on canvas, 88 x 70 cm / 34.65 x 27.56 in.
Marianne von Werefkin (1860–1938), Die Fabrik, 1910–1911, Gouache on paper, 36.5 x 26.5 cm / 14.17 x 10.24 in.

Press Release

Geneva, Switzerland - Artvera’s Gallery is pleased to announce Monte Verità:  Expressionist Utopia”, the first in a series of exhibitions presenting major artists whose work has been strongly influenced by their experiences on Monte Verità, the utopian colony founded at the beginning of the 20th century in Ascona, Switzerland. This inaugural show, launching the exhibition cycle, will display a selection of European and Russian Avant-Garde artists such as Marianne von Werefkin, Alexej von Jawlensky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Arthur Segal. An exhibition featuring leading contemporary artists whose work draws inspiration from Monte Verità will follow in October 2016.

With the support of important institutions, private foundations, museums, libraries, archives and private collectors, this is the first monographic exhibition highlighting how the iconography of European artists in the first quarter of the twentieth century was influenced by the way of life on Monte Verità. Reproductions from the archive of the Fondazione Monte Verità in Ascona will be on view as well as loans from the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, the Kirchner Museum, Davos, and Merzbacher Kunststiftung, Zurich.



Founded in the early 20th century as an alternative vegeterian colony, Monte Verità quickly became a cradle of European counterculture as prominent artists, anarchists, philosophers and dancers settled there. Key themes apparent in the exhibited works are Dance, Nature and the Human Body as forms of expression of artistic and spiritual freedom. An important part of the exhibition will be dedicated to two movements that were integral to the philosophical foundations of Monte Verità: Lebensreform (“life reform”) which emerged at the end of the nineteenth, beginning of the twentieth century and Freikörperkultur (free body culture).

Artists in the exhibition include: Max Beckmann, Wladimir Burliuk, Vladimir Davidovich Baranov-Rossiné, André Derain, Kees van Dongen, Erich Heckel, Alexey von Jawlensky Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, August Macke, Edvard Munch, Otto Mueller, Max Pechstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Marianne von Werefkin, Georg Tappert and Arthur Segal.


Selected Press

Der Tagesspiegel

"Nackte Natur. Die Wurzeln der Avantgarde: eine Ausstellung in der Genfer Galerie Artvera’s" by Christiane Meixner ( 23.07.2016)

Aeroflot Style

"Monte Verità: Expressionist Utopia" (15.06.2016 - in Russian)


"Genève/ Artvera's se penche sur le Monte Verità, de Jawlensky à Klee" by Etienne Dumont (04.06.2016 - in French)


"Monte Verità: utopie expressionniste" (13.05.2016)

Cote Magazine

"Utopie Expressionniste" (09.05.2016)


"Monte Verità: Utopia Expresionista" by Rhazes Pacheco Escalona (27.04.2016)



"Swiss Gallery presents Monte Verità an expressionist Utopia" (27.04.2016 - in English)


"Swiss gallery presents Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia" (27.04.2016 - in Russian)

Latest News Resource

"Monte Verità: une utopie expressionniste" (26.04.2016 - in French)

Open KG

"Swiss Gallery presents Monte Verita Expressionist Utopia" (25.04.2016 in Russian)


"Monte Verità: Expressionist Utopia" (23.04.2016 - in Russian)

Moscow Life

"Monte Verità: Expressionist Utopia at the Artvera's Gallery" (23.04.2016 - in Russian).

Make Me Feed

"Artvera's Gallery - Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia" (20.04.2016)

Lebensreform Zeitgesischte

"Ausstellung Monte Verità" (20.04.2016)

Corriere del Web

"Artvera's Gallery - Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia (19.04.2016)


"Exhibition of European and Russian Avant-Garde painting in Artvera's Gallery" by Alina Voynova (17.04.2016 - in Russian)

Now You Know

" Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia" by Boris (16.04.2016 - in Russian)


"Artvera's Gallery - Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia" (15.04.2016 - in Russian)

Nasha Gazeta

"Monte Verità: Expressionist Utopia" (15.04.2016 - in Russian)


"Monte Verità: utopie expressionniste" (14.04.2016 - in French)

Le Temps

"Des lettres d'amour au Monte Verità" by Eleonore Sulser (14.04.2016 - in French)

La Tribune de Genève

"Monte Verità" by Jean-Daniel Salin (14.04.2016)

Corriere del Web

Artvera's Gallery - Monte Verità Expressionist Utopia (10.04.2016)