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Hodler painting fetches $7.64 million in Zurich

A painting by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler of a view of Lake Geneva sold at auction in Switzerland on Monday for 7.13 million francs ($7.64 million), auction house Sotheby's announced.

Hodler painting fetches $7.64 million in Zurich
Lake Geneva from Chexbres by Ferdinand Hodler

The 1904 artwork painted by Hodler (1853-1918) had been estimated to be worth between three and five million Swiss francs.

Also at the auction in Zurich, a work by fellow Swiss artist Albert Anker (1831-1910), known for his portraits of children, sold for a record price for the painter at 6.13 million francs.

Urs Lanter, director of the Swiss art department at Sotheby’s, said the results showed that there was a good market and strong demand “for rare, quality works, previously unreleased on the market and coming from prestigious collections.”

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Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss

An art project has shed light on the sheer scope of Switzerland’s glacier loss in recent years due to climate change.

Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss
Photo: Studio Oefner/ETH Zurich

The project looks to “visualise 140 years of glacial retreat through an interactive network”. 

READ: Swiss glaciers shrink ten percent in five years 

The project is led by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, who has reproduced the receding glaciers using neon lines which contrast with images of the glaciers as they currently stand. 

In a collaboration with with Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Google mapped the shrinking glaciers over time. 

READ: Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures 

“Im interested in the concept of time and how change shapes the way we see reality”, Oefner says. 

Using drones equipped with LEDs, Oefner used real representations of glacial loss as the frame for the project. 

“I looked at maps where you could see the glacier in its current state and dozens of lines drawn on the map in front of it. Each of these lines represented where the glacier was in the past few decades,” Oefner said. 

“I wanted to find a way to transport the scientific data and bring it into reality”. 

 

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