Ceramics of the Weimar Republic

Photo: Ariana Museum, Geneva.

The Musée Ariana is presenting German ceramics from the period of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). The world was then experiencing a period of exceptional artistic ferment, the rise of modern art and abstraction, from Russian Suprematism and Constructivism to De Stijl movement and the Bauhaus school. These pieces, generally decorated with airbrush designs, are both illustrations of utilitarian ware and at the same time the reflection of a highly innovative form of artistic expression.

Basler Leaps in Time

Basel. Photo: TES.

Around 200 000 people of 200 different nationalities live in Basel today. The city forms the centre of a large trinational region with a long history. The exhibition presents the major events and historical milestones that have shaped the city and the region. There will be items attesting to key events in the city’s history, objects of everyday use and six short films that open up historical perspectives on contemporary issues such as the influence of immigration and migration, the role of the pharmaceutical industry, the relationship between town and country. There are also interactive installations combining city maps, historical photographs, facts and figures on Basel’s urban and demographic development.

World Exhibition in Zurich

Adolf Menzel (1815-1905), Indian-Café World Exhibition Vienna, 1873. Photo and Collection: Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich.

The museum focuses on issues related to global interdependencies. These interdependencies become especially evident when tracing the history of valuable trade goods and their transport routes. Products such as coffee, cocoa, petroleum, opium, sugar, silk, watches and diamonds have had a hand in shaping countries, cultures and societies. The current exhibition discusses the major world exhibitions in London, Paris, Vienna and Chicago in the nineteenth century and their aspirations to subject the world according to Western standards. The stereotypes that grew out of these structures have lives of their own, which continue to resonate to this day. World Exhibition is an attempt to capture these forms through the means of art.