The AVM - International Visionary Art Association of Montreux Switzerland is hosted in a 500 m2 space of the art fair MAG in Montreux, in the Congress Center 2m2c, and is also supported by the city of Montreux. The public will have the occasion to explore for five days the works of Contemporary Visionary Artists from the 8th to 12th of November 2017. More than 30 artists and museums of international repute are invited : the famous HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland, the Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna, Austria, the Museum of Fantasy and Visionary Art "Naïa" in Rochefort-en-Terre in France, as well as the Gérard Di-Maccio Museum in Japan.
Contemporary visionary artists have been selected to be part of the association because of the quality of their personal and artistic approach. They come from USA, Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany... The exhibition has the pleasure to welcome following famous artists like Martina Hoffmann and the regretted Robert Venosas, who was working on the film Dune of David Lynch (1984), Philip Rubinov Jacobson, Otto Rapp, Mantra Cora, Brigid Marlin, De Es Schwertberger, Mimi Staneva, A. Andrew Gonzalez, Yves Thomas, Alain Margotton, Liba WS, Pavlina Boroshova, Patrice Pit Hubert, Manu Van H, Pascal Ferry, Bruno Altmayer, Michel Barthélemy, Dominique Desorges, François Schlesser, Arina Gordienko, Tatiana Chirikova, Patricia Carron, Jacqueline Gandubert, Joya, Numa Firefly, Roku Sasaki, Andreas Streun, Marie-Thérèse Vetterli, Nathalie Perler and Yohan.
The wish of this non-profit association is to promote Contemporary Visionary Art in Switzerland. Relating to the official status, the associaton collaborates with famous international artists and showcases also new talents. The goal is also to reunite the principal movements of visionary art: for example the school of Ernst Fuchs in Austria, the visionaries of France, Great Britain, the United States, Japan and Europe in general. In Switzerland it's the art of HR Giger, of Pavlina (Boroshova), as well as the group Peinture par Ressenti, painting by intuition, founded by Patricia Carron, who is also part of this international movement. The related genres of symbolism, surrealism, fantastic art, as well as art-channeling enrich the contemporary visionary variaty.
"The Visionary world is defined as a world of journey" says the author Michel Random (2) of the referenc book "L'Art Visionnaire". In this inner journey, it is the eye wide awake of the traveller, capable of seeing various worlds, to penetrate the invisible with the visible. The artists allow themselves to be guided by their intuition and are able to trace on canvas or paper what they understand : the vision of unity. It's a world that the ancient figurative visionary creators have transmitted to the next generation. They count among the predecessors Hieronymus Bosch (1453-1516), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the Swiss painter Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741-1825), Goya (1746-1828), William Blake (1757-1827), William Turner (1775-1851), Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), Max Ernst (1891-1976), certain works of Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Leonor Fini (1908-1996), as well as Ernst Fuchs (1930-2015) to cite some exemples.
Several famous painters of different styles have been regularly in the region of Montreux : Gustave Courbet, Ferdianand Hodler, Oskar Kokoschka, Jean Tinguely, William Turner, Eugène Delacroix.. as well famous artists like Charlie Chaplin, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, le groupe de musique Deep Purple, Eddie Mercury, and last not least the artists known worldwide from the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The toponimy (study of words) learns us that the origin of the name Montreux comes from the latin word monasterium (ermitage, monastery).