WINTER 2019/20 PRESSKIT - CULTURE
CULTURE - HIDDEN TREASURES AWAIT
Crans-Montana is a destination full of history and popular Valais traditions that travellers can discover at the Grand-Lens museum as well as the Colombire Ecomuseum. All cultural tastes are catered for, enjoyed and shared here. Examples of our cultural diversity include: a museum of model trains for all the family; the Opale Foundation in Lens, that brings together Swiss and international artists; the Vision Art Festival, which has helped to draw urban art away from large cities and into the heart of the Alps; and of course, the five galleries of Crans-Montana. Music from popular and classical through to electro can also be heard at numerous concerts, events and festivals throughout the year.
Between Aboriginal and Contemporary Art
Through exhibitions and workshops, gatherings and publications, the Fondation Opale intends to install a permanent dialogue between Aboriginal art and contemporary art.
Several ancient artworks from Arnhem Land, paintings from Papunya dating back to the early seventies, and also recent artwork from the APY Lands form part of contemporary Aboriginal painting art history. Two major collaborative paintings and an installation of wooden spears, «kulata tjuta», are the central pillars of this exhibition.
Crans-Montana, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Tokyo and Mexico
Crans-Montana has the honour of hosting the 2nd edition of the BIENALSUR, its first time in Switzerland, alongside and at the same time as prestigious cities such as Paris, Rome, Madrid, Tokyo and Mexico City. To this end, 5 internationally renowned artists will be exhibiting their work : Argentinian artists Marie Orensanz and Leandro Erlich, the Franco-Argentinian Pablo Reinoso, the Spanish artist Lluis Lleo and also the Swiss artist Valentin Carron.
The 6th BIENALSUR Crans-Montana work of art is a superb installation « Kulata Tjuta », made by a collective of Aboriginal artists, and an integral element of the contemporary Aboriginal art exhibition Before Time Began, which is being held at the same time at the Fondation Opale.
Artistic activities for everyone
Montagn’Arts provides artistic acitvities – workshops, conferences and shows – in the idyllic setting that is Crans-Montana. Early in 2019, the association welcomes Frédéric Lenoir, on 12 and 13 January, for an exhibition-concert as well as a conference « wisdom and meditation ». You’ll find the diary with all events here:
The magic of the Music and the exaltation of the Summits
The Crans-Montana Classics have been punctuating the destination’s musical and cultural agenda with unforgettable musical moments, high-level concerts and prestigious master classes. It combines the magic of the music and the exaltation of the summits in a perfect symbiosis of Arts and Nature.
Art & Collections Museum
Grand Nord, Art Inuit exhibition
The Art & Collections Museum by the Fondation Bernard & Caroline de Wattewile has opened its doors again this summer, to the delight of art fans. Specialising in exhibitions of sculptures and works of art, this location, with a decisively contemporary setting, includes an educational area which provides visitors with a series of documents related to the exhibitions.
Swiss Made Culture
A yearly varied programme
Throughout the year, Swiss Made Culture offers a varied programme of music, cinema and also visual arts and theatre.
- Crans-Montana Classics, New Year's Eve Concert (1st January)
- Carnival (25th February)
- Caprices Festival (16-19th April)
Find out here all the cultural events.