2009 – The roundhouse of international spirits

Kettle’s Yard Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

The Roundhouse Of International Spirits
17 Jan 2009 – 15 Mar 2009

The landscape … is entirely magical and with the kind of visual poetry which I would like to find in my painting.’ Ben Nicholson The natural beauty of the Ticino, around the famous tourist spots of lakes Maggiore and Lugano had long attracted artists and intellectuals. Writing to a friend in 1962, German painter Julius Bissier described the area of Ascona and Locarno, where he was then living, as ‘the roundhouse of international spirits’. By the early 1960s a remarkable group of artists had settled in the area. Hans Arp and Hans Richter returned, having first visited in the 1910s. Julius Bissier, Italo Valenti, Ben Nicholson and Felicitas Vogler arrived in search of better living conditions and new inspiration