With its unique combination of works from early modernism and the constructivist-concrete Swiss art of the post-war period, the collection of Gerhard Saner is one of the most important private collections in Switzerland. As early as the 1960s, Gerhard Saner (* 1938) acquired his first works by Ferdinand Hodler and Cuno Amiet, who remains one of Saner's favorite painters to this day. The young collector from the Seeland with his passionate enthusiasm for Swiss art was inspired and guided by the Solothurn art patrons Oscar Miller (1862-1934) and Josef Müller (1887-1977). The collection owes its present appearance not least to the friendly relationships that Gerhard Saner cultivated with artists, above all with Max Bill (1908-1994). A representative selection of around 100 works is on display exclusively at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn.
With works by Ferdinand Hodler, Max Buri, Cuno Amiet, Giovanni Giacometti, Edouard Vallet, Alice Bailly, Gustave Buchet, Adolf Dietrich, Max Bill, Camille Graeser, Fritz Glarner, Richard Paul Lohse, Verena Loewensberg, Karl Gerstner and others.