The Language Laboratory


The city of Biel/Bienne is known for its bilingualism (French and German) and as a language laboratory, it is given a model character. The exhibition (Le bilinguisme n’existe pas)  examines the effects of this multilingualism in the fields of economics, politics, education and culture. Besides, are 50, 100 or even more languages spoken in this city today? Language mergers and mutual acceptance are as common as language barriers and conflicts. Are languages growing together in the age of migration and WhatsApp communication and other modern technologies? The old and new languages of the city are covered with all the senses in this exhibition, even by smell.

 

Homo migrans


Photo: Historisches Museum Bern

Migration is a constant in human history, and the reasons for our comings and goings are varied. The exhibition covers a long period in history, beginning with the first human beings in Africa, then charting their gradual spread across the globe two million years ago and culminating in a look at Switzerland today. Traces and stories left behind by immigrants and emigrants show how their plans succeeded or failed: from Switzerland’s first settlers to those searching for a better life overseas; from persecuted religious groups to refugees who were taken in; and from labour migration to the multicultural Swiss national football team.

The forgotten Century of Fribourg


Photo: Musée d'art et d'histoire Fribourg

The period of the founding of the town of Fribourg in the 12th century (in the year 1157 by the Duke of Zähringen), the 13th century and the 15th and 16th centuries, are well known and well documented. However, the 13th century has been largely forgotten. The fourteenth century offers a rich heritage of architecture, painting, sculpture, goldsmithing and illuminated books, however. This century was an important period for the city, both economically, politically and for the art. The exhibition presents this period to bring this cultural history back to the fore.