The Basel Museum of Art opened a comprehensive monographic exhibition of works by Johann Heinrich Füssli, a native of Zurich, famous in Rome and London. One of the most inventive and unconventional innovators in the art of the end of the XVIII century stood on the threshold between classicism and nascent romanticism. His work eloquently demonstrates the competing artistic paradigms in the last decades of the Enlightenment.
Füssly called himself an artist of "dark romanticism" and "gothic horror", and this aspect of his work is most familiar to viewers today. By shifting the emphasis, the exhibition demonstrates that drama and theater were no less vital for his artistic vision. Title"Drama and Theater" reflects interest in themes from literary and stage works, and also describes dynamic compositions, constellations of characters, and “theatrical” techniques that often enliven Fussley’s paintings.
Seven paintings by the artist from the municipal art collection of Basel are complemented by works from Swiss, international museum and private collections.