Rainer Maria Rilke à Sierre. Photo: Fondation Rilke Sierre

Many European and American artists, writers and other celebrities lived, worked and died in Switzerland. One of them is Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926).

The exhibition is focused on the years he spent in Valais – from 1921 to 1926. It attempts to answer fundamental but far-reaching questions about the final years of his life.

What led Rilke to settle in Valais and why did he remain? What shape did Rilke’s connections take – to the landscape, to people, to nature, art, and architecture, to history and religion, to the economic and social realities of the time?

The multimedia exhibit introduces Rilke’s view on Valais through pictures, letters, books, and personal objects as well as a slide show and recorded poetry readings.