The public had the occasion to explore the works of Contemporary Visionary Artists from the 8th to 12th of November 2017. More than 30 artists and museums of international repute were invited : the famous HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland, the Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna, Austria, the Museum of Fantasy and Visionary Art "Naïa" in Rochefort-en-Terre in France, as well as the Gérard Di-Maccio Museum in Japan.
Contemporary visionary artists have been selected to be part of the association and exhibition because of the quality of their personal and artistic approach. They come from USA, Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany... The association has the pleasure to welcome creations of following famous artists like Philip Rubino Jacobson, Mantra Cora, Martina Hoffmann and the regretted Robert Venosas, famous Visionary Artist and friend of Salvador Dali, as well as Yves Thomas, Alain Margotton, Pascal Ferry, Gérard Di-Maccio, Otto Rapp, Brigid Marlin, De Es Schwertberger, Mimi Staneva, A. Andrew Gonzalez, Liba WS, Patrice Pit Hubert, Manu Van H, Bruno Altmayer, Amanda Sage, Michel Barthélemy, Dominique Desorges, François Schlesser, Arina Gordienko, Tatiana Chirikova, Yohan, Patricia Carron, Joya-Jacqueline Gandubert, Numa Firefly, Roku Sasaki, Andreas Streun, Marie-Thérèse Vetterli et Nathalie Perler.
The wish of this non-profit association is to promote Contemporary Visionary Art in Switzerland. Relating to the official status, the associaton collaborates with famous international artists and showcases also new talents. The goal is also to reunite the principal movements of visionary art: for example the school of Ernst Fuchs in Austria, the Visionaries of France, Great Britain, the United States, Japan and Europe in general. In Switzerland it's the art of HR Giger, of Pavlina (Boroshova), as well as the group Peinture par Ressenti, painting by intuition, founded by Patricia Carron, who are part of this international movement. The related genres of symbolism, surrealism, fantasy art, as well as art-channeling enrich the contemporary visionary variaty.
"The Visionary world is by definition the world of the journey" says the French writer and film-maker Michel Random (2), the author of the reference book "L'Art Visionnaire". In this inner journey, he mentions the eye wide awake of the traveller, which is capable of penetrating the invisible with the visible. The artists allow themselves to be guided by their intuition and are able to trace on canvas or paper what they perceived: the vision of unity. It's a world that the ancient figurative visionary creators have transmitted to the next generation. They count among the predecessors Hieronymus Bosch (1453-1516), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the Swiss painter Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741-1825), Goya (1746-1828), William Blake (1757-1827), William Turner (1775-1851), Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), Max Ernst (1891-1976), certain works of Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Leonor Fini (1908-1996), as well as Ernst Fuchs (1930-2015) to cite some exemples.
(1) The toponymi (study of words) learns us that the origin of the name Montreux comes from the latin word monasterium (ermitage, monastery).
Several famous painters of different styles have been regularly in the region of Montreux : Gustave Courbet, Ferdianand Hodler, Oskar Kokoschka, Jean Tinguely, William Turner, Eugène Delacroix.. as well famous artists like Charlie Chaplin, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, le groupe de musique Deep Purple, Eddie Mercury, and last not least the artists known worldwide from the Montreux Jazz Festival.