The Chronicler of the Subconscious

Photo: Fondation Beyeler Riehen/Basel

The exhibition shows works by Edward Hopper (1882-1967), one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century. The exhibition does not follow a precise chronology but focuses on specific themes. These include traffic routes, rocks, light and shadow, ships and lighthouses, people, houses and landscape, and the forest. These themes are essential for a good understanding of his work. The artist of the subconscious as a chronicler of his time, realism combined with surrealism. The exhibition includes watercolours and oil paintings from the years 1910 to 1960.

Lausanne, the exhibition

The model of Lausanne. Photo: © Claudine Garcia

The history of Lausanne is back in the recently renovated museum. The famous model of the city, as it looked in 1638, is the centrepiece of the new exhibition (Lausanne, l’ Exposition). The show provides a clear and well-documented picture of the economic, religious, social and cultural history. Eleven rooms deal with various topics, from water to mobility, from leisure to housing, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and many other aspects of this exciting city. The exhibition is available in English and French. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions and events.

The Apocalypse

Weltuntergang. Ende ohne Ende. Photo: Naturhistorisches Museum Bern

The end of the world is a human perception. Natural and human-made disasters, such as war, epidemics, disease, hunger and environmental pollution, arouse both fear and the need to intervene and influence these events. The exhibition (Weltuntergang. Ende ohne Ende) brings together images, objects and stories from science and art related to the apocalypse and is thematically divided into seven sections. Scientific analyses, prophecies and speculations about humanity are discussed. The result is a journey along the fault lines of nature and culture, human life and the universe. Apocalypse TV accompanies the exhibition. The online channel regularly highlights the topic from different perspectives. One could also visit the Glacier Garden in Lucerne to learn about past catastrophes and climate changes over the last four billion years. The planet will survive another billion years, with or without humanity.