The Musée Barbier-Mueller and Jacques Kaufmann, ceramic artist

Bringing closer, beyond time and space, the “faraway arts” of the Musée Barbier-Mueller and the works of Jacques Kaufmann to identify similarities – as well as differences – between them.

Musée Barbier-Mueller.

An exhibition
This project is built around comparisons between select pieces from the Barbier-Mueller collections and works that Jacques Kaufmann has produced in his studio and around the world, over a long stretch of time, the aim being to identify similarities – as well as differences – between them.
The exhibition juxtaposes works of different origins, time periods and materials, suggesting resonances but also inviting viewers to create their own connections. Ultimately, it is the viewer who “makes the picture”.

An encounter
A sanctuary of objects of varying origins, each one more remarkable than the last, the Musée Barbier-Mueller houses a collection that is recognized internationally as a leading centre for the so-called “primitive” – or “distant”– arts, depending on the terminology in use at different times.
Ceramics, which comes under the umbrella of contemporary art and its contextual practices, also looks for encounters with whatever produces continuities and disjunctions within human expression, across time and space. In the field of the arts, the past does not really pass. Forms are reactivated, re-emerge, reappropriate one other, come together again.

The disparities, connections, conjunctions, analogies, intervals between works allow us to perceive those things that might contribute to bringing about our long-term collective effort as humans to meet our fundamental spiritual needs. The endurance and movement of forms contradict the notion of progress in art.
This exhibition features in the program of the 50th Congrès de l’Académie Internationale de Céramique taking place in Geneva from 12 to 16 September 2022.

About the venue

Rue Jean-CALVIN 10, 1204 Genève