Le Centre Friedrich Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel. Architecture Mario Botta. Photo: Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Berne.

Centenary Friedrich Dürrenmatt

In 2021, the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the writer and painter Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990).

The centenary will provide an opportunity to discover new facets of the writer and painter, focusing on the dialogue between his pictorial works and literary oeuvre.

The centenary will be opened with an exhibition (Friedrich Dürrenmatt 100 Jahre Ans Anni Onns). It shows how he saw, described and drew the country in the second half of the 20th century.

He thought about his country through fiction and metaphor. Switzerland is successively compared to a village, a bunker, a bank, a prison, a football team or a stable. Friedrich Dürrenmatt also asked questions about Switzerland’s past and its place in the world through these images.