Société des amis du musée des beaux-arts collection
Société des amis du musée des beaux-arts (SaMba) collection
The Société des amis des arts (SAA, Society of Friends of the Museum, now SaMba) played a major role in establishing the museum’s core collection. Until the mid-twentieth century, the SAA largely acquired works by painters local to La Chaux-de-Fonds and across Switzerland, building a representative collection. It includes a significant number of École du gris canvases from La Chaux-du-Fonds and works from the Nouvelle Objectivité school that developed under the Barraud brothers.
After the Second World War, the curator Paul Seylaz expanded the collection beyond its regional parameters, acquiring some Italian and French works and opening the collection to works characteristic of Swiss and European abstraction.
The SaMba collection now represents 2,266 of the 6,868 works in the museum’s overall holdings and is constantly growing. SaMba maintains its tradition of supporting artists by acquiring works, often after its own contemporary art biennial.
The hanging of the rooms of the collections is regularly modified, if you wish to see one or several works in particular, please contact the museum to inform you if they are currently exhibited in the rooms.