A spin through Geneva will leave no doubt in your mind that we preserve our classics, from architecture, to music and art. The emphasis on these monoliths of culture makes them shine, but that is not all that Geneva has to offer in the world of art. Galerie Anton Meier is a rare spot where modern and contemporary art is presented in one of the best-maintained buildings in town, the Palais de l’Athénée, the palatial home of the Société des Arts de Geneve.
When you reach the building, you’ll think you’ve made a mistake, that no contemporary artwork could be housed within it. But it’s no mistake. There on the first floor you’ll find the works of modern and contemporary artists from in and around Switzerland, such as Daniel Berset, Franklin Chow, Franz Eggenschwiler, Mireille Gros, Dieter Roth, and even works by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.
On show through 15 October is the Canadian artist Keith Donovan, showing whimsical, colorful pop stencil paintings that will brighten up any room. An easy stop to make before or after a rest on the World’s Longest Bench (check the article), and perfect to see how the past contrasts with the present.