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« The Fauvist Years » Exhibition at the Gianadda Foundation – Martigny

Today, let’s delve into the exciting world of Fauvist art through the captivating exhibition « The Fauvist Years » at the Gianadda Foundation in MartignyValais. This exhibition, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, highlights the Fauvist movement, led by eminent artists such as Henri Matisse, Henri Manguin, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Charles Camoin, Georges Rouault, and Albert Marquet.

The exhibition, running until January 21, 2024, offers visitors an immersive dive into the explosive and expressive universe of the Fauves. Each canvas reveals the boldness of vibrant colors and striking shapes that characterize this revolutionary movement. From Matisse to Derain, the exhibited works bear witness to the artistic passion and creative boldness of this significant period in art history.

Les années fauves

Les années fauves – Fondation Gianadda Martigny

Fondation Gianadda

Les années fauves – Fondation Gianadda Martigny

Les années fauves - Martigny

Les années fauves – Fondation Gianadda Martigny

The Gianadda Foundation in Martigny

The Gianadda Foundation, the lifelong work of Léonard Gianadda, is more than just an exhibition space. In 1976, in tribute to his brother Pierre Gianadda, Léonard erected an impressive concrete building above a recently discovered Celtic temple. This monument, unchanged since its construction, houses exhibitions on the sides and concerts in the center, perpetuating the memory of his brother through art.

Dedicating its space to the fine arts, the Gianadda Foundation has hosted iconic figures such as Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Manet, and many others. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the building also houses the Automobile Museum, showcasing an impressive collection of Swiss vintage cars dating from 1897 to 1939.

Musée de l'automobile - Martigny

The visit continues in the beautiful gardens of the Foundation, where the Sculpture Park unveils forty works by renowned artists such as Arp, Max Bill, Brancusi, Calder, César, Chagall, Chillida, Ernst, Maillol, Miro, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and Rodin. An immersive artistic experience, blending the beauty of nature with human creativity.

Fondation Gianadda - Martigny

Fondation Gianadda – Martigny – Sculpture Park

For art enthusiasts planning their visit to the Gianadda Foundation in the coming months, two upcoming exhibitions promise to captivate your imagination:

  • « Anker and Childhood » by Matthias Frehner (February 1 to June 30, 2024): An artistic exploration centered around Anker and his masterful interpretation of childhood.
  • « Renoir – Cézanne » in collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie (July 12 to November 19, 2024): A meeting between two masters, Renoir and Cézanne, for an unforgettable artistic experience.

The Gianadda Foundation, with its rich artistic heritage and ongoing commitment to excellence, remains a must-visit for art lovers. Immerse yourself in the emotion of the Fauvist Years and let the bold expression of these visionary artists guide you. The Gianadda Foundation opens its doors to you every day from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM until January 21, 2024. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Fauvist art.

Respect to you : Léonard

As dawn breaks on having welcomed nearly 11 million visitors since its inauguration on November 19, 1978 (averaging almost 700 visitors per day), we hold immense admiration for its founder, Léonard Gianadda. This entrepreneur and journalist-photographer has left an indelible mark on his hometown of Martigny – Switzerland. A testament to his influence is evident in the fact that every roundabout in the city is now adorned with a sculpture and work of art—a unique phenomenon globally!

He was bestowed with the honor of becoming a Knight of the National Order of Merit. Léonard Gianadda holds the distinguished titles of « Commandeur » in both the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in addition to numerous other accolades. Furthermore, he serves as a foreign associate correspondent member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts within the Institut de France.

Thank you, Léonard, for your invaluable contributions. Respect to you.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Giannada (1935-2023)

We bid farewell to Mr. Giannada, who passed away on December 3, 2023, at 88. His legacy of kindness, resilience, and unwavering determination will always inspire us.

Léonard Gianadda : Special report on the history of the Fondation Giannadda by RTS (in French)

Fondation Gianadda - Martigny


  • Artistic Richness: The Gianadda Foundation offers an exceptional artistic experience by showcasing renowned temporary exhibitions, such as "The Fauvist Years." Visitors have the opportunity to discover masterpieces from world-renowned artists.
  • Cultural Heritage: In addition to art exhibitions, the Foundation houses the Automobile Museum, providing a journey into the past with an impressive collection of vintage Swiss cars, contributing to the preservation of cultural heritage.
  • Enchanting Natural Setting: The gardens of the Gianadda Foundation, with their Sculpture Park, provide a peaceful natural setting where visitors can stroll and appreciate outdoor art amidst carefully maintained vegetation.
  • Additional Cultural Amenities: Apart from art exhibitions, the Foundation hosts concerts in its dedicated space, adding a musical dimension to the overall cultural experience.
  • What will be the future of the Foundation when its founder Léonard Gianadda retires (he is now 88)?
  • Getting tickets for the various concerts is challenging due to their popularity.
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