Our company was incorporated in 1976 by Daniel Blaise Thorens, who is still the sole owner. The gallery started with important projects and exhibited work by famous Swiss artists as Cuno Amiet, Albert Anker, Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler and Alfred Heinrich Pellegrini. Works by world famous artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Kees van Dongen, Edvard Munch, Alexej Jawlensky and Paul Gauguin were also exhibited by our gallery.
In 1982 Daniel Blaise Thorens met his future wife, Finnish born Riitta Thorens-Hietanen. She came from Finland to Basel to study art history at the University of Basel, where she graduated with an essay on "Le Corbusier as a painter". In 1987 our gallery began to purchase original works by Le Corbusier, and thereafter many exhibitions all over the world contained works by Le Corbusier owned by our gallery. We can claim, without any exaggeration, to have become one of the principal galleries for Le Corbusier's works, underlined by the fact that we have sold 1,700 works by Le Corbusier in one single decade.
Our company is the only gallery dealing in works by Alfred Heinrich Pellegrini (the grandfather of Daniel Blaise Thorens), one of the leading and most successful Swiss artists of the 20th century.
Further, we exhibit the works of many well known Swiss artists such as Anne Bruchesi, Luciano Castelli, Rosemonde Krbec, Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff, Walter Ropélé or international artists including Kamel Berkouk, Barbara Feuerbach and Noverre.
One of the highlights of our activities was a very special exhibition of David Bowie's visual art in our gallery in 1996. The exhibition did not only attract the attention of the public and the media, it also turned out to be a huge success with collectors, who bought almost all of the works displayed by our gallery. We are proud to say that as a result of our exhibition, David Bowie's visual art work has become a widely appreciated part of many important art collections all over the world.
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