The Emmental and Tourism

Photo: Regional Museum Chüechlihus, Langnau

The Emmental has never been one of the most important tourist destinations. In the 19th century, however, the region became a Spa resort. Spa houses were built on numerous hills. Even today, it is mainly nature lovers and sports enthusiasts who spend their holidays in the beautiful landscape of the Emmental. The exhibition shows the history of the first Spas to the current wide range of tourist attractions. The Schwaar Foundation also presents paintings and artists who were inspired by the nature of the Emmental.

Martin Disler

Martin Disler, without title, 1991, collection Fondation pour les œuvres d'art du Centre scolaire et sportif des Deux-Thielles, Le Landeron. © The Estate of Martin Disler. Graphisme :

Martin Disler (1949-1996) gained worldwide fame with his visual work, but also retained an uninterrupted passion for writing. In the work of Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) the two art forms are exactly the opposite. His literary works formed the basis of international success; painting was a complement to his literary work. The exhibition shows the etchings and paintings of Martin Disler and works he made for a school in Le Landeron.


Rodin and Giacometti

Photo: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny.

The exhibition is the first to show the works of these artists together. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the fathers of modern sculpture. Despite its references to ancient sculpture and mythology, he revolutionized the art. The Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) gave his creations their universal value. The exhibition highlights the similarities and differences by a thematical approach.