Switzerland is a central crossroad of Europe and the city of Montreux (1) is renowned for its international culture and rich tourism. For several years Visionary Art is in expansion and museums have been constructed in the USA, Europe and Japan. In 2017 Montreux has been chosen to host the International Visionary Art Association of Switzerland - AVM. Since 2016 the artist Pavlina Semadeni Boroshova, known as PAVLINA, is the Founder of the concept Visionary Art exhibition in Switzerland, as well as the Founder and President of the Association AVM.


In a society in full mutation, this art tries to reconnect the human being to his deep nature. Visionary art invites us to a quest towards more consciousness and respect for nature. A visionary artist reveals an authentic search for spiritual evolution with all the stages of souls he goes through from the shadow to the light state. Visionary Art is not a style but more a state of mind and the Visionary Art Association Switzerland includs all the different forms of arts.

Pavlina is the curator of the first international exhibition of Contemporary Visionary Art of 500 m2 held in an art fair, showing the works, artists and members of her association AVM hosted in the Congress Center of Montreux. The project was supported by the city of Montreux, the art magazines Accrochages, Pharts and various newspapers.

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, 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), Nicolas et Svetoslav Roerich (1904-1993), 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.

(1) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreux

(2) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_visionnaire

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