Ordrupgaard’s French collection is continuing its journey around the world, and is now visiting Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Switzerland.

Since autumn 2017, it has been possible to experience Ordrupgaard’s unique collection of French impressionist works in foreign climes. While the museum is closed, the French masterpieces are being exhibited in a number of prominent museums abroad. 60 works will shortly be on exhibition in spectacular surroundings at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland.


Ordrupgaard is currently closed during the construction of the museum’s new extension, Himmelhaven. However, that doesn’t mean that Ordrupgaard’s extensive collection of Impressionist works is just collecting dust in storage. On the contrary – since the museum’s closure, the paintings have been on tour abroad. Next stop is the spectacular Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Switzerland. The exhibition Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection (Trésors impressionnistes – La Collection Ordrupgaard) is showing a total of 60 works by some of the 19th century’s greatest masters, such as Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse.


A dramatic history

Few museums have had such a dramatic history as the Fondation Pierre Gianadda. In the summer of 1976, the engineer Leonard Giannadda discovered the ruins of a Roman temple during a construction project. A few days later, his brother Pierre Gianadda died in a plane crash on his way home from an expedition in Egypt. Leonard Gianadda therefore decided to set up a foundation to commemorate his brother, and at the same time create a striking structure that would form a backdrop to the Roman ruins. Today, Fondation Pierre Gianadda is a thriving cultural centre with concerts, eye-catching special exhibitions and a world-class sculpture garden. The exhibition Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection can be experienced at Fondation Pierre Gianadda from 8 February to 16 June 2019.


Summary of the French collection’s tour

Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France: 14 September 2017 – 22 January 2018.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada: 18 May – 9 September 2018
Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy: 29 September 2018 – 29 January 2019.
Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland: 8 February – 16 June 2019


Further information

Sara Hatla Krogsgaard, Press Officer sahakr@ordrupgaard.dk, +45 3996 0470