Photography from 1839 to the 1970s

unknown artist, Coney Island, 1950-1960 © Collection by Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Ruth and Peter Herzog have built one of the most important photography collections, which now encompasses no fewer than five hundred thousand artifacts. It is a photographic encyclopedia of life in the industrial age. Ranging from the early days of the medium, which was invented in 1839, to the 1970s, the collection’s holdings span the complete history of analog photography, reflecting its manifold developments and physical materials.

The first comprehensive presentation in Switzerland showcases four hundred objects. The exhibition spotlights key themes of the collection and addresses questions around the photography collectors’ work and the relation between archive and museum. It also probes the interplay between photography and art.

The exhibition is being created in cooperation with the Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Dürrenmatt a sketch artist and Painter

The Self-portrait of Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Collection Centre Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel. Photo: PD/CDN/Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

The writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) has left behind an extensive oeuvre of visual art. The exhibition (Dürrenmatt als Zeichner und Maler) shows a representative selection of his graphic works and drawings. His guiding principle is always the tension between myth and science. The formative influence of childhood in the village, Greek mythology and the Christian faith, the lifelong involvement in astronomy and the theory of evolution are always present. The paintings and drawings are embedded in the context of their historical, scientific, theological and ethical references. The exhibition has been produced by Spiez Castle (Schloss Spiez) The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel is the cooperating partner. Further information:

Switzerland and Greenland

Poster: landesmuseum Zurich

In 1912, Alfred de Quervain (1879-1927) travelled across Greenland. The data collected by the Swiss explorer on the seven-week expedition are still of great value for science today. The exhibition examines de Quervain’s pioneering feat in the eternal ice, and links it with the present. Switzerland still carries out glacier research in Greenland, making a significant contribution to one of the most crucial issues of our time: global warming.